Wärtsilä has secured a contract from Norwegian cruise and ferry operator Color Line to retrofit four exhaust gas cleaning systems on its ‘SuperSpeed 2’ ro-pax ferry.
Under the deal, Wärtsilä will install four separate open loop scrubber systems during docking of the vessel in early 2014.
The Ro-pax ferry sails from Larvik in Norway to Hirtshals in Northern Denmark and is capable of transporting over 1,900 passengers and 764 cars.
According to Wärtsilä, the systems will help vessels meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) MARPOL Annex VI regulations and EU Directive 2055/33/EC.
The contract includes an option to install the Wärtsilä system on three other Color Line vessels.
Following the installation of the system, SuperSpeed 2 will be able to operate without restrictions in designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) as the systems will help reduce the emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulates from engine exhaust.
Wärtsilä has received the IMO certificate for ‘exhaust gas cleaning systems’ from classification societies Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL).
Color Line CEO Trond Klevidal said the Wärtsilä exhaust gas cleaning systems are expected to improve the company’s efforts in striving for sustainable operations.
"Since 2001, all Color Line ships have maintained an environmental balance sheet that details emissions to air and discharges to water and harbours," Klevidal said.
Wärtsilä’s open loop scrubber system uses seawater in three different stages to remove SOx from the exhaust system.
Wash water from the system is treated and monitored at the inlet and outlet to make sure it complies with all applicable discharge criteria, so that it can be discharged into the sea with no risk of harm to the environment.
Image: Color Line’s SuperSpeed 2 ro-pax ferry will be equipped with four separate Wärtsilä open loop scrubber systems during docking in early 2014. Photo: Wärtsilä.