Stena Transit and Stena Transporter, which operate between Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands and Killingholme in the UK, will be retrofitted between Q4 2015 and Q1 2016. The order is the first for a Wärtsilä in-line closed loop scrubber system, as only open-loop systems in-line systems have previously been available. The compact in-line systems save space and allow for a faster installation, reducing drydocking times.
"Wärtsilä was the first company to be awarded certification for marine scrubber technology, and we are the clear market leaders in this field," said Juha Kytölä, vp of environmental solutions at Wärtsilä Ship Power. "Our in-house know-how of engines, scrubber systems and marine applications is backed by our extensive resources and global reach. Furthermore, our extensive experience in retrofitting projects added considerable value to our engineering preparations for the project, and has thus helped the customer in their discussions with the yard. With the latest restrictions to sulphur emissions affecting more and more of the global fleet, our scrubber systems offer a competitive alternative to low sulphur fuels."
Bjarne Koitrand, technical director at Stena Line, added: "Stena Line takes environmental issues very seriously and the retrofitting of Wärtsilä scrubber systems to these vessels will significantly lower their environmental footprint. We are also, in cooperation with Wärtsilä and other partners, converting the Stena Germanica on the route Göteborg-Kiel to be run on Methanol, another step in our strive to achieve sustainable shipping. In the scrubber retrofit we are especially happy with the in-line option, which means that the retrofitting will take less time and allow the ships to be back in service with a minimum of delay."