Damen has announced that its emissions reduction system has been awarded official EU Stage V certification
The Damen Emission Reduction System (ERS) is a one-system-solution that combines soot filters with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to remove particulate matter and NOx as they leave the engine and before they enter the atmosphere.
Damen is now able to offer emission reduction system solutions that meet the requirements of the IMO Tier III, ULEV and EU stage V regulations.
The Damen ERS is designed for both primary and auxiliary engines generating between 300 and 700 kW of output.
“It has taken six years to reach this point, but our ERS goes beyond the parameters set by the regulators to ensure that they are robust and flexible,” says Raymond Watson, Technology Specialist Aftertreatment Systems at Damen. “For example, they are designed to work with all standard fuels to ensure worldwide operability, and their modular design means that they can be installed on all types of vessel, matched to the specific operating profile of each.”
Sea-going vessels equipped with the proven product are eligible for obtaining the Ultra Low Emission Vessel classification notation. The development of the EU Stage V system began in 2017, following Damen achieving certification for its NOx reduction system to comply with IMO Tier III emissions regulations.
To achieve certification, Damen partnered with Bureau Veritas. Rik de Petter, Marine & Offshore Chief Executive Belgium & Luxembourg at Bureau Veritas, said: “We were very pleased to be working with Damen on this challenging project. We went through a challenging learning curve and the result is a milestone in certification as there are very few certified Stage V compliant systems at present. It places both organisations at the forefront of maritime emissions reduction.”
Damen is currently working on the certification of the ERS for multiple propulsion trains with outputs up to more than 4000 kW, and all will be available soon as IMO Tier III, ULEV and EU stage V certified systems for both new build and retrofit vessels.