Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Wärtsilä Hamworthy agreement
Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Wärtsilä Hamworthy have agreed to retrofit one ro-ro vessels with a Krystallon Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS).
"Installing Hamworthy Krystallon scrubber unit is a major step in preparing our fleet for the regulatory compliance," says Thamba Rajeevan project manager at Wilh Wilhelmsen ASA.
"When new, stricter emissions regulations come into force in 2015, our experience with this technology will be a valuable tool for taking the right decisions for the rest of our fleet. In the end, we want to see both a significant savings in emissions and a strong return on investment for the scrubber installation."
The systems will remove sulphur and particulates from the exhaust gasses of the vessel's main and auxiliary engines. The multi-stream scrubber system will be the world's largest in order to manage the exhaust gasses produced by the 38 486dwt ro-ro vessel's combined engine power of 28 000kW.
The installation will be carried out during the vessel's scheduled intermediate docking in the first quarter of 2013. Following the commissioning a comprehensive third party measurement and verification programme will be carried out until the second quarter of 2014, and is partly funded by the Research Council of Norway.
"This is yet another example of the growing market demand for scrubbing systems," says Sigurd Jenssen, managing director at Hamworthy Krystallon.
"The third party measurement and verification of the project, which will be carried out by Marintek, the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute, is a key element which will further endorse the viability of scrubbing as an efficient and cost effective solution for ECA compliance. We anticipate that more owners and operators will follow industry leaders like Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA in the adoption of scrubbers in advance of the 2015 deadline".
Source: Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA