Singapore flag approval for Wärtsilä scrubbers
The Singapore flag state authorities have approved Wärtsilä's exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems - the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority.
The approvals relate to Wärtsilä EGC systems ordered for two new RoRo vessels owned by a Japanese shipowner and currently being operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the privately owned Swedish/Norwegian shipping company. The ships entered into service this year.
"The approval from Singapore is a truly milestone event as it opens up the whole of Asia for Wärtsilä's EGC technology. It also means that our systems meet the most stringent emission requirements”, said Sigurd Some Jenssen, director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
The two new ships, the Theben and the Themis, are the fourth and fifth vessels being operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen to have Wärtsilä EGC systems installed. The vessels are almost 200 metres long, 36.5 metres wide, and feature five liftable car decks, allowing for multiple configurations and a wide variety of customer cargo. The vessels can transport up to 8000 car equivalent units.
"Scrubbers are our preferred choice to meet the new emission regulations in ECAs and to meet the IMO-announced global cap for SOx. After a thorough evaluation, we selected Wärtsilä to be our preferred scrubber supplier for the pilot retrofit installation on our Ro-Ro vessel, the MV Tarago in 2013, which was a success. This cooperation continued with four more Wartsila scrubbers on our recent newbuilding ships”, said Thamba Rajeevan, senior project manager, Wilhelmsen.
Wärtsilä's SOx scrubber system solutions are suitable for both newbuildings and the retrofitting of existing vessels having either 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines.
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