Clean Marine’s Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS, or more informally ‘scrubber system’) fitted to Torvald Klaveness’ bulk carrier MV Balder is the first, say the manufacturers, to operate this type of system inside the US Emission Control Area (ECA). The ship’s master obtained prior permission from the US Coast Guard to enter and exit the zone burning its normal Heavy Fuel Oil, with diesel engine exhaust gasses scrubbed by the EGCS, rather than burning the more expensive Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (1% Sulphur content).
Bulk carrier MV Balder: Photo courtesy of Clean Marine
Subsequently, officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and EPA, conducted a Port State Control examination in Baltimore and confirmed that the installed Clean Marine EGCS was operating satisfactorily and in full compliance with MARPOL Annex VI as an alternative to burning low sulphur fuel oil as set out in the vessel’s International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate. MV Balder ... [More]
Norway's Clean Marine says it offers a patented exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) to meet upcoming regulations on sulphur emissions. "For vessels sailing in European waters and other emission control areas (ECAs), a maximum sulphur limit of 0.1% will apply from 2015," said CEO Nils Hoy-Petersen. "The Clean Marine system will clean both sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter emissions from main and auxiliary engines as well as boilers." The EGCS is said to be the only system currently on the market with true multi-stream exhaust gas handling. This means that all exhaust sources on board are served by one common EGC unit without encountering an increase in back pressure, Clean Marine said. In addition the system can be retrofitted and installed, with slight modifications, in the existing funnel design.
Two fans and a gas recirculation mechanism integrated into the EGC unit ensure that pressure at the common gas-meeting point is maintained at ambient level, irrespective of th... [More]