Following a similar order from DFDS earlier in 2013, a repeat order for PureSOX was placed by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff near the end of the year. The order confirms not only the commercial viability of the exhaust gas cleaning system, but also customer confidence in the system’s performance within Emission Control Areas (ECAs).
SOx Emission Control Areas (SECAs)
Signed in November, the order from Spliethoff comprises PureSOX systems for five Con-Ro vessels. The vessels will be retrofitted between June and December of 2014 reports the company.PureSOX is a hybrid scrubber system, able to operate with either seawater or fresh water. And while the technology is relatively new, it has been demonstrated to reduce sulphur content in vessel exhaust by more than 98%. An order based on real-world experienceSpliethoff, one of the largest ship owners in the Netherlands, has been operating with PureSOX aboard the M/V Plyca. Alfa Laval delivered the system in 2012, and it has been in ... [More]
St. Lawrence – Great Lakes Seaway shipping line Algoma Central Marine is spending $300 million on new ships, including six that will be 45% more fuel efficient per cargo tonne/kilometre than existing vessels. These ‘Equinox-class’ lakers provide Wärtsilä with a $12 million ground-breaking order for complete propulsion packages that come with fully integrated fresh water scrubber systems. The lakers to be delivered by China’s Nantong Mingde Heavy Industrial Stock Company shipyard over the next couple of years are designed to lift 30,000 dwt of bulk cargo, wheat and ore, for carriage through the seaway to the American heartland in ‘Lakers’ hallmark slim 225 m long hulls.
Algoma Equinox-class Laker: Image credit – Algoma Central Corporation
Replacement of the St Lawrence Seaway FleetsThe big three fleet operators, Algoma Central, Canada Steamship Lines and Fednav, all with relatively elderly ships, have been s... [More]
Pipework typically needs to be replaced two or three times during the lifetime of a ship, but arising from recent advances in manufacturing technology there are alternatives to ferrous metal pipework. Dubai-based multinational manufacturers Future Pipe Industries (FPI), who are in the forefront of this developing technology, assert that their GRE (Glass Fibre Reinforced Epoxy) pipes will last the whole lifetime of the ship.
Pipework Safety Issues
Pipes remain unnoticed as they go quietly about their business, which is mainly to convey fluid of some kind (air and gas too) throughout a labyrinth of pipework that invades almost every space in the ship, and which, according to a jointly authored paper by Standard P&I Mutual Insurance Club and RINA, is a system like no other with such enormous potential to cause fire, pollution, and flooding.
Examining the causes of accidents involving burst and leaking pipes, classification society DNV judged that corrosion was one of the majo... [More]
'Refiners threaten anti-pollution efforts in shipping', blared the caption of a Reuters article by correspondents Kan and Fabi on 17, January 2011, then coincidentally, came news a couple of days later that Wärtsilä was to retrofit the Containerships Vll, 13,995 dwt, (owned by Helsinki based Containerships Ltd. OY) with their diesel engine exhaust-gas scrubber. Wärtsilä's first ever installation of a commercial marine scrubber (to serve their W7L64 main diesel engine) is intended to enable the ship to meet impending targets for reduced exhaust gas emissions of SOx in Emission Control Areas's while continuing to burn diesel fuel with sulfur content above the set limits.
Containerships Vll: Photo Credit, Jens Boldt
Bunkers With Minimal Sulfur to Become Scarce?
Experts in the field pronounce that SOx emissions in diesel engine exhaust gas‚ which mostly comprise sulphur dioxide with a small amount of sulphur trioxide‚ are a function of the amount ... [More]
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