Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply its exhaust gas cleaning system for a new vessel, which is set to be operated by South Korea-based Weidong Ferry.

The 31,000t RoPax ferry is currently being built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea and will be deployed between Korea and China.

The deal will see Wärtsilä supply a system that includes two 13MW Open Loop V-SOx scrubbers that have been specially optimised for the new ferry. Delivery of the equipment is expected in July.

Wärtsilä marine solutions exhaust gas cleaning director Sigurd Jenssen said: “This is an important order since it strengthens our visibility in the Asian market.

“Exhaust gas cleaning is something that ship owners and operators around the world are having to take very seriously, since the IMO’s global cap on the sulphur content in marine fuel comes into effect in 2020, which is really rather soon.

"Exhaust gas cleaning is something that ship operators are having to take very seriously, since the IMO’s cap on sulphur content comes into effect in 2020."

“Wärtsilä has tremendous experience and a broad range of systems to help our customers comply with these regulations.”

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Wärtsilä’s scrubber systems are designed to reduce vessel emissions, thereby offering an environmentally sustainable solution for the marine sector.

The company previously announced a deal to provide its Aquarius ballast water management systems (BWMS) for tanker vessels managed by Minerva Marine last month.

The deal also includes plans to retrofit the system on-board various Minerva Marine vessels.

Image: The new ferry being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for Weidong Ferry in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.