ABC wins EU Stage 5 certification
By Jack Burke04 May 2021
DZC engine family approved
Anglo Belgian Corp. (ABC) received the official EU Stage 5 certificate for its DZC engines, making the company is the first medium speed engine manufacturer to get Stage 5 certified.
The EU Stage 5 standard limits the emission of nitrogen oxides and particles (soot) to very low values. This applies to all Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) including vessels used for inland navigation. For new main and auxiliary engines with a power above 300 kW, the Stage 5 emission requirement came into force on Jan. 1, 2020. This applies to all inland navigation engines for new builds as well as for repowering. The EU stage 5 engines for inland navigation are divided into several categories: IWP and IWA. ABC has a Stage 5 solution for both categories in an engine range up to 4000 kW. Because the engine and the aftertreatment system are perfectly aligned, the outcome is a strong emission reduction and a considerable additional fuel saving.
ABC said the certification positions the company as a forerunner in the market. This market is not limited to inland shipping, as seagoing vessels can also make use of this development. These ships are currently regulated by less strict emission standards, but some operators consciously choose to further reduce their emissions. As a result of this development, they can meet the stricter ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vessel) standards, the company said.
“As a Belgian company, we are very proud of being the first in this segment to obtain a Stage 5 certificate,” said Yannick Loulidi, development engineer EATS at ABC. “It was a challenge to go through the entire project. For EU Stage 5 we do not only have to meet certain emission requirements, but there are also very specific standards for monitoring the system. On top of that, there is also a follow-up of the engines during the production and implementation process. Our big advantage is that we combine the entire production, development and testing phase at the same facility in Ghent. This ensures a very short chain that allows us to monitor directly if necessary. This project has been carried out by the whole of ABC, from the people on the assembly line to the test engineers. Everyone within ABC helped to ensure that we achieved this fabulous result.”