Wärtsilä - Messina

Wärtsilä has won a contract from the South Korean yard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding to provide exhaust gas cleaning systems for four new container ro-ro vessels being built for Italian ship owner Ignazio Messina.

Scheduled to be delivered during 2013 and 2014, the systems are expected to clean both sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter emissions from the vessel’s main engines, auxiliary engines and boiler.

Following installation, the exhaust gas cleaning systems will allow the new ships to meet both current and pending environmental legislation relating to exhaust emissions.

The South Korean shipyard expects to deliver the four ro-ro vessels to Ignazio Messina during the second half of 2014.

Wärtsilä Ship Power vice president of environmental solutions Juha Kytölä said exhaust gas cleaning systems help shipping companies to comply with stringent environmental regulations.

"The integration of Hamworthy’s expertise into the Wärtsilä portfolio has given us a significant edge in meeting our customers’ needs in this area," Kytölä said.

Ignazio Messina technical director Enrico Allieri said: "This order follows on from a contract with Hamworthy back in 2010 to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems for the auxiliary engines and boiler for four new 45,000 dwt RoRo vessels, the first of which, the Jolly Diamante, was successfully delivered in 2011."

The system will allow the new vessels to meet the 2020 global 0.5% sulphur limit regulation as well as the 2015 0.1% limits within sulphur emission control areas (SECAs), which include the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the English Channel.

In August 2012, STX Offshore & Shipbuilding secured a $300m order from Ignazio Messina to build the four 45,000dwt ro-ro container vessels.

Image: Wärtsilä subsidiary Hamworthy has already supplied exhaust gas cleaning systems for four Ignazio Messina ro-ro vessels, including the Jolly Diamante (pictured). Photo: Hamworthy.