By Jack Burke17 May 2017
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply its exhaust gas cleaning system for a new Korean ferry. The vessel is being built for Weidong Ferry at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. This is the first Wärtsilä scrubber system to be installed where the shipyard, the owners, and the vessel’s operational area are all in Korea. The contract with Wärtsilä was booked in January 2017.
Wärtsilä will supply a system consisting of two 13 MW Open Loop V-SOx Scrubbers specifically optimized for the new vessel. Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for July of this year.
“This is an important order since it strengthens our visibility in the Asian market. Exhaust gas cleaning is something that ship owners and operators around the world are having to take very seriously since the IMO’s global cap on the sulfur content in marine fuel comes into effect in 2020, which is really rather soon. Wärtsilä has tremendous experience and a broad range of systems to help our customers comply with these regulations,” said Sigurd Jenssen, director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“We value Wärtsilä’s experience and expertise in this field. We also appreciate their ability to deliver the systems on a fast-track basis,” said Ki-Hyeon Hong, vice president, Weidong Ferry.
The 31 000 gross tonnage RoPax ferry will be operated by Weidong Ferry and will sail between Korea and China.