Spliethoff series opts for scrubbers

Designed for outsized cargoes and potential Polar operations, Spliethoff's six R-Class MPVs will feature scrubbers to comply with the global sulphur cap Designed for outsized cargoes and potential Polar operations, Spliethoff's six R-Class MPVs will feature scrubbers to comply with the global sulphur cap

Dutch ship owner Spliethoff has opted for scrubber installations on six multipurpose vessels (MPVs) to be built at Ouhua Shipbuilding Co in China, enabling the vessels to continue burning heavy fuel oil (HFO) after the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap is introduced.

Starting from January 2019, the heavy lift specialist will take delivery of one of the 165m loa, approximately 18,000dwt vessels from Ouhua every two months. A representative of the technical department told The Motorship that “for these ships, sulphur abatement technology is an economically viable way for compliance”. The company also dismissed fears of a fuel oil shortage, estimating that there will be sufficient supply of HFO 380 after the global cap is introduced.

The six vessels in the R-Class (to be named Raamgracht, Realengracht, Reguliersgracht, Rijpgracht, Ringgracht and Rozengracht) are designed for global operation and specialized for heavy or outsized cargoes: holds are more than 100m long; the deck hosts combinable cranes; and the positioning of bridge and accommodation at the bow will enable the carriage of long items such as windfarm equipment.

The vessels were designed to comply with the Polar Code in preparation for potential deployments in the Arctic or other remote ice areas. The risk of oil spillage to the sea, for example, has been mitigated by design features including the separation of fuel tanks from the outer hull.

Spliethoff reported that the vessels could be fueled by marine gas oil (MGO) in the event of an Arctic ban on HFO (as proposed by several NGOs), but noted that the IMO considered and rejected such a ban several years ago.

The company told The Motorship that no final decision had been taken on the main engine, although space has been allocated in the ship design for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to meet NOx emission limits where required.

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