The agreement ensures that the vessels are fully MARPOL compliant and can meet IMO's new, stricter sulfur limits, coming into force on January 1, 2020.
Each of the three vessels has a 25 MW Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System, which has the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop, using seawater to remove SOx from the exhaust gas. In closed loop mode additional reagent is used in combination with sea water.
The services covered under the agreement between Wärtsilä and Wilhelmsen include annual audits and safety tests to ensure ongoing MARPOL compliance, calibration of the Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) and water monitoring system as well as operational training courses for the vessels' crew.
"For Wilhelmsen Ship Management, operating sustainably and maintaining MARPOL compliance is absolutely crucias," says Jon Helge Ulstein, Vessel Manager at Wilhelmsen Ship Management. "This agreement with Wärtsilä ensures that we are doing it in a correct and documented way to fulfil authorities' requirements. Additionally, it allows us to perform long term cost predictability and channel more focus into critical ship management operation."
"Wärtsilä's purpose is to enable sustainable societies with smart technologies. We want to build awareness of sustainability and provide solutions that help customers reduce or eliminate emissions," says Glenn Holid, Sales Manager at Wärtsilä Moss. "This agreement with Wilhelmsen Ship Management does exactly that by ensuring that the vessels comply with the strict sulfur limits set by IMO's standards. Additionally, the agreement provides Wilhelmsen Ship Management with predictability of the vessel maintenance costs."