DFDS investing $46.7m to equip Med ro-ro fleet with scrubbers

DFDS is investing DKK300m ($46.8m) to equip its fleet of 12 freight ferries in the Meditteranean with scrubbers.

The Danish ferry operator, which was one of the earlier movers on fitting exhaust gas cleaning systems to its vessels to comply with Baltic and North Europe Emission Control Area (ECA), is installing scrubbers on 12 vessels deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean between Turkey, Italy, Greece and France.

The 12 hybrid scrubbers will cost a total of DKK300m and will be supplied by Danish manufacturer ME Production.

The company said the investment strategy was based on the success it had enjoyed using scrubbers since 2015 in North Europe to comply with the 0.1% sulphur limit for marine fuel in that area. There are plans for a similar 0.1% sulphur ECA in the Mediterranean.

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"We are happy to already now start preparing for complying with the new limit on sulphur content in emissions in the Mediterranean. This will bring environmental benefits for all. By applying DFDS' extensive experience of procuring, installing and operating scrubber systems we are achieving both operational and financial synergies," said Niels Smedegaard, ceo of DFDS.

In April this year DFDS acquired U.N. Ro-Ro in Turkey which operates 12 freight ferries across five routes in the Mediterranean.

Posted 13 September 2018

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News