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Live From Marintec China 2017
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Wärtsilä VER system can reduce VOC emissions by 75%

Tanker operators will be able to increase revenues as well as reduce emissions with Wärtsilä’s new Voyage Emissions Reduction (VER) system. 

The technology group introduced the system, which effectively eliminates the problem of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from tankers during laden voyages, at Marintec China. 

VOC’s are organic chemicals having a high vapour pressure resulting from their low boiling point, which leads to extensive evaporation. 

With an oil tanker emitting 0.085% of its loaded cargo on average each week, the average 320,000 dwt VLCC, could lose up to 270 tons of cargo per week. 

Wärtsilä’s VER system comes in two versions: a “reabsorption” version that operates automatically and re-circulates the VOC back to the cargo tanks; and a “fuel” version which uses the VOC as a fuel for the vessel. The latter system is a new, unique and patent pending innovation from Wärtsilä with significant fuel cost saving advantages. Both versions promote environmental sustainability by reducing VOC emissions by up to 75%.

“Wärtsilä is dedicated to developing innovative solutions that reduce operating costs for owners, while at the same time contributing to a cleaner environment. The VER system follows this philosophy by eliminating cargo waste and optimally lowering tanker fuel costs, thus enabling a payback time that can be less than one year,” said Timo Koponen, vp for Flow and Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

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