Wärtsilä Report Slew of Exhaust Gas Scrubber Orders
Wärtsilä inform that its Exhaust Gas Cleaning System has been selected for 10 new vessels being built by the shipbuilding division of Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Details of the orders are as follows:
Wärtsilä explain that the exhaust gas cleaning technology will enable these ships to fully comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) and European Commission regulations governing sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions. In particular, the vessels will be able to use the Panama Canal and to operate in the United States Caribbean Sea Emissions Control Area, which includes the waters adjacent to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is particularly important for the Wilhelmsen vessels that operate regularly in this area.
"The acceptance of exhaust gas cleaning systems as a means of achieving compliance with environmental regulations is rapidly increasing. Wärtsilä is not only the leading supplier of such equipment, but is also able to provide all the technical and installation support needed. The co-operation between our companies is first class, and because of this we can provide the service that the industry demands," says Mr Jae-Su Kim, Technical Manager of Initial Design Department of Shipbuilding Division of Hyundai Heavy Ind Co., Ltd.
The Wärtsilä systems already delivered to two Solvang ASA of Norway LGC vessels involved two scrubber systems; one for the main engine and one integrated exhaust gas cleaning unit for the three auxiliary engines. This is claimed by the manufacturer to be the world's first vessel of this kind with exhaust gas cleaning systems installed for all engines onboard.
As of March 2014, Wärtsilä says it has 45 vessels contracted for a total of 94 exhaust gas cleaning systems for both new building and retrofit projects.