Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment has announced it will install the company’s open loop exhaust gas abatement technology on board two Trasmed GLE roll-on/roll-off passenger ferries.
The Spanish company selected Wärtsilä’s I-SOx open loop scrubbers with exhaust de-plume systems for its ro-pax vessels Volcan del Teide and Ciudad de Granada, which serve routes in the Mediterranean Sea. Four scrubbers will be installed on each vessel, one on each main engine.
The flexible scrubbers enable MARPOL Annex VI sulphur cap compliance and are capable of scrubbing 3.5% heavy fuel oil down to the 0.5% limit. With the scrubbers installed the Trasmed GLE vessels will be able to operate at a lower 0.1% sulfur limit, meeting worldwide and ECA regulations.
Installation of the scrubbers is scheduled for 2022 and it marks the first time that Wärtsilä will retrofit a ro-pax with scrubbers in the region.
“We are delighted to see Trasmed GLE joining the ranks of maritime leaders committed to meeting environmental regulations and reducing shipping’s impact on the planet,” said Sigurd Jenssen, director, Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment.
“Not only does this announcement build on our long relationship with Grimaldi and the group’s subsidiary companies, but it also confirms the wider trend we are seeing across the shipping industry that shipowners are investing in quality, flexible and lifecycle-based technologies for their vessels, either at the new-build stage or as retrofits.”
“All the Trasmed fleet will have the scrubbers installed before next summer 2022,” commented Ettore Morace, managing director, Trasmed GLE. “This will be a huge effort from our technical department and confirms our full commitment to be an environmentally friendly shipping company.”
The order for the exhaust scrubbers was made in November 2021.