An unnamed major European container shipping firm has ordered €170m of Wärtsilä’s hybrid exhaust gas cleaning equipment and retrofit services to its vessels, according to a statement from the marine engineering group.
Wärtsilä will deliver 50 MW, 60 MW and 70 MW hybrid scrubber systems which will be retrofitted to the client’s container vessels. These are solutions which have the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop.
When operating in open loop mode, the scrubber uses seawater to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from ship exhaust. In closed loop mode, it uses seawater with an additional reagent to remove the particles, helping to reduce dangerous emissions in coastal and open-sea areas.
By providing energy-efficient, innovative and flexible solutions that lower environmental impact through reduced or eliminated emissions, we aim to enable a sustainable future for next generations,” says Markus Ljungkvist, general manager of project sales at Wärtsilä Services.
Wärtsilä installed some 80 scrubbers last year, accounting for about one third of the market. In April, Sigurd Jenssen, director of exhaust gas cleaning at Wärtsilä, told Reuters that it is realistic to believe some 2,000 to 3,000 vessels could be equipped with scrubbers before 2020, when IMO’s fuel sulphur cap comes into force.
With over 60,000 vessels in the global fleet, many ship owners will also look to low sulphur fuels to ensure they are compliant.