More scrubber orders from HHI for Wärtsilä

01 Apr 2014
Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber system

Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber system

Wärtsilä says that following new contracts it now has orders for exhaust gas cleaning systems for 10 ships to be built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea.

Norwegian ship operator Solvang has confirmed its option for a Wärtsilä open loop scrubber system to be installed onboard another of its LGC (large gas carrier) vessels. This confirmation follows an order placed in December 2013 for two such scrubber-equipped vessels, and Wärtsilä points out that Solvang has already taken delivery of similar open loop scrubber systems for its VLGCs (very large gas carriers) Clipper Quito and Clipper Posh. All of these ships are being delivered from the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea.

A further new scrubber order has been received by Wärtsilä from Solvang, in this case for an open loop scrubber system to be retrofitted to LPG carrier Clipper Harald, with installation scheduled to take place in summer 2014. This, says Wärtsilä, brings the total number of Solvang vessels with its scrubber systems to six.

Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning Malta (WLSM), a subsidiary of Oslo-based Wilh. Wilhelmsen, has ordered four post-Panamax car carrier ships which will be fitted with Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber systems. These vessels will be delivered from the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) yard in South Korea. This follows a successful retrofit trial of a scrubber system on Wilhemsen’s Tarago.

Two further Wärtsilä scrubber systems are to be delivered for a new VLGC being built at the HHI yard for Dorian-LPG of Greece. These systems involve a 15 MW exhaust gas cleaning unit for the main engine and a 4 MW exhaust gas cleaning unit for the auxiliaries. They will be delivered as open-loop systems, but will be prepared for conversion to hybrid operation if required.

"The acceptance of exhaust gas cleaning systems as a means of achieving compliance with environmental regulations is rapidly increasing. Wärtsilä is not only the leading supplier of such equipment, but is also able to provide all the technical and installation support needed. The co-operation between our companies is first class, and because of this we can provide the service that the industry demands," said Jae-Su Kim, technical manager of initial design department of shipbuilding division of HHI.

Wärtsilä says that as of March 2014, it has 45 vessels contracted for a total of 94 exhaust gas cleaning systems for both newbuild and retrofit projects.

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