Wärtsilä scrubber systems for Japanese bulk carriers

NYK BP scrubber The NYK BP Handymax Bulk Carriers will be equipped with Wärtsilä scrubbers. Image courtesy of NYK BP

Wärtsilä will supply exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers, the first order of its kind for Wärtsilä from a Japanese company.

Finland-headquartered Wärtsilä will also provide project management and commissioning of the systems for the ships, which are being built at the Oshima Shipbuilding yard in Japan for Tokyo-based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NYK BP), a subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

Sigurd Jenssen, director of exhaust gas cleaning at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: "We are pleased and proud to be the supplier of choice for these two new ships, especially as it gives us an inroad into the Japanese market for exhaust gas cleaning solutions.”

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in in July 2018. The first vessel is due to be delivered to NYK BP in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the second in the first quarter of 2019.

"Together with Oshima Shipbuilding, we compared performance, price and fuel costs of similar products developed by other companies before choosing Wärtsilä's scrubber system," said a representative from NYK BP.

By fitting the Wärtsilä system, the ships will be compliant with the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) SOx regulations, which come into force in 2020.

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