Finnish company Valmet has secured a contract to deliver an exhaust gas scrubber system (EGCS) for two new cruise vessels, Mein Schiff 7 and 8, to be built by Meyer Turku.
The new vessels will be built for TUI Cruises, a Germany-based, joint venture cruise line operated by German tourist firm TUI and Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Delivery of the scrubber system to the first vessel will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and to the second vessel in the first quarter of next year.
According to Valmet, the scrubber system delivery will include integrated hybrid scrubber systems for both engine rooms and all auxiliary systems with automation.
The exhaust gas is washed with seawater in open loop mode and in closed loop mode with recirculated water and alkali, while wash water is cleaned with Valmet’s patented water treatment system.
The company noted that all emissions are continuously monitored and the complete exhaust gas scrubber system is controlled with its marine automation.
For TUI Cruises the new vessels represent the fifth and sixth cruise vessels with EGCS scrubbers based on Valmet’s technology.
Valmet Marine Scrubber Systems senior manager Anssi Mäkelä said: "We are proud to continue the supply of our technology to the TUIC fleet.
"Our scrubber system will ensure for the ships a modern, reliable exhaust gas cleaning system."
TUI Cruises has a fleet of four cruise vessels in operation, Mein Schiff 1, 2, 3 and 4, where Mein Schiff 3 and 4 are equipped with Valmet EGCS Scrubbers.
Additionally four new vessels, Mein Schiff 5, 6, 7 and 8, are being built by Meyer Turku and are scheduled for delivery by 2019.
The Mein Schiff 3, 4, 5 and 6 vessels have a gross tonnage of 99,300 and passenger capacity of 2,800, while Mein Schiff 7 and 8 will have gross tonnage of 111,500 with passenger capacity of 3,100.