First PBST-Branded SCR-HP System Passes Approval

By Jack Burke24 February 2020

Makita Corp. and MAN Energy Solutions said that the first PBST-branded and -built cluster-3 SCR-HP system has passed its ClassNK approval test at the Makita works in Japan.

The SCR system is one of four – originally ordered in 2018 and 2019 – for vessels featuring MAN B&W two-stroke engines with two now delivered and the others currently en route to customers. A MAN B&W 6S46ME-B8.5 engine will power each vessel, with the SCR-HP system making each vessel Tier 3-compatible. The first engine was ordered by Kanax Corp. and installed in a newly developed 39 000-dwt bulk carrier built at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

MAN Energy Solutions first introduced the SCR-HP concept in 2017. The development of the new system is based on MAN’s in-house competence with four-stroke engines, for which it can already reference more than 650 000 operating hours.

MAN’s SCR-HP is sold under the new PBST brand. It is available for two-stroke engines and reduces – through internal catalytic reaction – NOx exhaust emissions to IMO Tier 3 limits. With specially developed honeycombs and honeycomb materials, as well as an integrated mixing unit, the overall size of the reactor has been drastically reduced compared to typical market designs and its medium-speed counterpart. The SCR-HP comes in six frame sizes, covering engines up to 25 MW with one reactor for the entire exhaust stream.

The system consists of the reactor – including mixing unit, urea injection lance, honeycombs and soot blowers – along with a module-based supply system, as well as the reactor’s control unit that communicates with the engine-control system.

PBST’s Ralph Klaunig, vice president of Sales & License Turbochargers & Exhaust Gas Treatment and MAN Energy Solutions’ Daniel Struckmeier, head of Exhaust After-treatment attended the class test in Japan at the invitation of Yu Makita, president at Makita Corp.

“The results from the engine shop test were quite spectacular with the PBST SCR-HP system able to undercut the currently valid IMO 3 NOx values of 3.4g/kWh by more than 1g/kWh, which compares very favorably with the rest of the market,” Klaus said. “Working closely with Makita, just a little over a year passed between landing the first order and the handing over of the engine with the SCR-HP system to the shipyard. Accordingly, I would like to thank Makita for its great cooperation in delivering such a quick turnaround.”

The PBST brand was formed in 2019 through the joining of the MAN Turbocharger and PBS Turbo brands. Headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, PBST designs and produces turbochargers and after-treatment solutions for low-, medium- and high-speed engines.

Makita Corp. is a marine diesel engine manufacturer with more than a hundred years of experience, located in Japan. Makita manufactures marine engines for 10 000 to 40 000 ton class ships. MAN Energy Solutions’ and Makitas’ cooperation dates back to 1981.

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