Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM) has secured approval from California air resources board (CARB) for its first commercially ready ship emissions capturing system.
Named the maritime emissions treatment system (METS-1), the new solution can be positioned over vessels’ smoke stacks, and will be capable of capturing and treating more than 90% of particulate matter (PM), NOx, SO2, and related diesel pollutants emitted.
Developed in collaboration with Tri-Mer Corporation of Owosso, the new system is mounted and deployed from a barge positioned alongside ships berthed at the Port of Los Angeles.
CAEM principal Nick Tonsich said: "The METS-1 will have an immediate, direct and positive impact on the communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
"In the long-term, given the fact that there are so many ships in the world’s fleet without cold-ironing capability, the METS system could have a profound impact on the entire shipping industry and our global environment."
The new solution is the first CARB-approved alternative to ‘plugging in’ to shore-side power, which is the current standard that complies with California’s regulation for airborne toxic control measure for auxiliary diesel engines operating on ocean-going vessels at-berth in a California port (At-Berth).
The METS project received a $1.5m grant from the Port of Los Angeles’s technology advancement programme (TAP) to TraPac, which made a deal with CAEM to conduct research and develop on the METS project.
From last year, the CARB testing comprised performance evaluations of the METS on five separate vessels for a minimum of 200 hours.
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