Stena Line

Wärtsilä has secured an order to provide its in-line closed-loop scrubber systems for two Ro-Ro vessels, which are owned and operated by Sweden-based transport and ferry company Stena Line.

The scrubbers will be retrofitted on the Stena Transit and Stena Transporter ferries, which are currently operating between Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands and Killingholme in the UK.

The installation is expected to take place during the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2016.

Stena Line technical director Bjarne Koitrand said: "Stena Line takes environmental issues very seriously and the retrofitting of Wärtsilä scrubber systems to these vessels will significantly lower their environmental footprint.

"We are also, in cooperation with Wärtsilä and other partners, converting the Stena Germanica on the route Göteborg-Kiel to be run on methanol, another step in our strive to achieve sustainable shipping."

"The retrofitting of Wärtsilä scrubber systems to these vessels will significantly lower their environmental footprint."

With these new scrubber systems, the ferries will be able to meet the regulations for emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) while using conventional residual marine fuel (HFO).

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This contract marks the first ever order for an in-line, closed-loop scrubber system. Previously, only the in-line option was available with open-loop systems.

The system’s compact design facilitates easier and faster installation, Wärtsilä stated.

Under this agreement, Wärtsilä will also supply engineering support, technical advisor services and commissioning of the systems.

Meanwhile, Stena Line is set to resume operation of its Ro-pax ferry, Stena Germanica, using methanol propulsion to comply with stricter regulations for minimising emissions.

Image: Stena Line’s Ro-Ro vessels will be equipped with Wärtsilä in-line, closed-loop scrubber systems. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.