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Order For Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

Finnlines selects Wärtsilä systems to reduce Baltic Sea environmental impact

Posted on May 21, 2014

North-European liner shipping company Finnlines has ordered Wärtsilä exhaust gas cleaning systems for six of its Baltic and North Sea fleet of vessels.

Wärtsilä said its scrubber systems will enable the vessels to operate in compliance with the stringent sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions regulations due to be enforced from January 2015, while continuing to operate on heavy fuel oil (HFO).

The Finnlines order calls for one Wärtsilä scrubber system for each of the six vessels: the two main engines on each vessel are connected to a single integrated scrubber system. The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered during November and December of this year, and the company will provide technical advice during installation.

The Wärtsilä systems will also operate in compliance with the water discharge criteria set by regulators. The open loop scrubber systems selected for this application utilize seawater to remove the SOx from the vessel's exhaust – because the natural alkalinity of seawater neutralizes the acid created by the reaction of the SOx with water, chemicals are not required.

Finnlines, which provides sea transport services mainly in the Baltic and the North Sea, is part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world's largest operators of Ro-Ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight.