Poly Shield Technologies has signed an agreement with Prestige Cruise Holdings for the certification and installation of its DSOX-15 fuel purification system on two vessels.
The contract also covers installation of DSOX-15 systems on about seven additional ships at a later date.
The DSOX-15 system removes sulphur content from fuel to help ships comply with new sulphur emission rules scheduled to become effective in January 2015.
Poly Shield CEO Rasmus Norling said: "This agreement represents a second segment of the maritime industry, the cruise line industry, where Poly Shield Technologies Inc. intends to demonstrate the DSOX-15 fuel purification system’s economical emissions compliance capabilities in a real time operational maritime environment."
The DSOX-15 system can also remove other harmful alkali metals such as vanadium, sodium and calcium.
The technology works by creating an emulsion of fuel and process water, which is injected into the unit under high pressure while it releases sulphur from the fuel, allowing it to mix with water.
The technology, designed for the maritime industry, can be equipped during normal vessel operation without dry docking.
Earlier this month, Poly Shield Technologies started a feasibility study for the possible use of its DSOX-15 fuel purification system as an option to supply low-sulphur marine fuel from a land-based facility.
Poly Shield has collaborated with LMS Shipmanagement, a subsidiary of International Shipholdings, to trial the system on two vessels.
The trial follows the signing of a contract with LMS Shipmanagement for the certification and installation of Poly Shield’s DSOX-15 fuel purification system on two vessels, with further installations on up to 40 additional ships.
Image: Poly Shield’s DSOX-15 fuel purification system will be equipped on two Prestige Cruise vessels. Photo: Kalle Id.