CR OCEAN ENGINEERING (CROE®) announced an order from BORE LTD (Finland) for one of the CROE® state-of-the art Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (also known as Scrubbers).

The systems will use seawater to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions (SO2) from the ship’s main engine (approx. 16MW) of the BORE’s M/V SEAGARD Ro-Ro container vessel. The system is scheduled to be on-line towards the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Once installed, the system will allow the vessel to meet the low sulphur ECA requirements, even when burning high sulphur heavy oil. The CROE® design has special features that allow the ship to efficiently reduce stack sulphur emissions even when operating in the lowest alkalinity/salinity waters of the eastern Baltic.

Nick Confuorto, chief operations officer of CR OCEAN ENGINEERING, LLC, said: "Scrubbers are our primary business. We have been designing and supplying scrubbers since the 1950’s and have a proud history of success.

"CROE® has been blessed with several contracts in 2014 and we thank the industry for such warm acceptance. Our dedication to customer satisfaction and the highest technical standards have helped us greatly throughout our history and I am glad to see that the shipping industry also values such standards.

"We bring our extensive experience and advanced technology to our customers to provide them with a reliable and cost effective alternative to the higher ECA compliant fuel costs.

"Our customers can become more competitive by lowering their fuel costs. We are pleased and proud that BORE LTD has entrusted us with such an important project".

Effective 1 January 2015, all ships that operate in the North American and European ECAs are required to switch to the reduced sulphur fuel or install scrubbers to meet the equivalency standard for SO2.

As an alternative, IMO has allowed ship-owners to install scrubbing systems as an equivalent to fuel-switching. The CROE® Systems reduce the SO2 content in the engine flue gas to below 2 that found in a 0.1% Sulphur fuel (the equivalency standard) and therefore meet that equivalency requirement.

The small dimensions of the CROE® scrubbing system make it a perfect solution for newbuilds or as a retrofit to existing ships. The system is designed to replace the existing silencers and does not require a bypass. It is an excellent choice for cruise ships, ferries, bulk carriers, containerships, RoRo and others.

CROE® offers its scrubbing system as Open Loop (a once through scrubber using seawater to reduce SO2), or as Closed Loop (a recirculating scrubber design that utilises an aqueous solution to reduce SO2), or as a combination of both designs called Hybrid.