Wärtsilä has secured a US$ 198.4 million (€170 million) order from a major European container shipping company, who have kept anonymous, for scrubber systems.
The advanced maritime technology specialist will deliver the 50 mega-watt (MW), 60 MW and 70 MW hybrid scrubber systems, which can be retrofitted to container vessels and have the flexibility to operate in both an open and closed loop.
Using seawater, as well as an additional reagent when in closed loop mode, the equipment removes sulphurous emissions from the exhaust of ships.
Wärtsilä will also be on hand to provide engineering and site advisory services for vessels.
Simon Bennett outline's the IMO's greenhouse gas strategy in a recent Port Technology technical paper
With the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Sulphur cap regulation of 0.5% on the horizon, the new scrubber unit design will allow for improved operational efficiency, as well as laying the groundwork for a zero-emissions society.
Markus Ljungkvist, General Manager of Project Sales at Wärtsilä Services, said: “Our exhaust gas cleaning system will not only help our customers’ vessels run on lower emissions, but significantly improves the air quality and emission level in coastal and sea areas in general.
“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.”