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Wärtsilä to deliver its first CCS-Ready scrubber systems

Wärtsilä to deliver its first CCS-Ready scrubber systems
An artist's rendering of Wärtsilä’s CCS-Ready scrubbers showing a full CCS system on a container ship. The technology can be offered for various kinds of vessels depending on their requirements (image courtesy Wärsilä).

Finland-headed marine- and energy engineering and technology major Wärtsilä Oyj has announced that it has received its first order for carbon capture and storage-ready scrubber systems - CCS-Ready scrubbers - that will be fitted to container vessels in Asia.

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According to a statement, four 8 200 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessels, currently being built at an undisclosed Asian-based yard, will be fitted with Wärtsilä’s CCS-Ready 35 MW scrubber in an open loop configuration.

CCS-Ready

The scrubbers are termed CCS-Ready because, as part of their installation, Wärtsilä will perform additional design and engineering work to ensure that future retrofits for a full CCS system on the vessels have already been accounted for during the newbuild construction stage.

Wärtsilä will take measures to ensure adequate space for the future installation of the CCS system, incorporate considerations for minimizing idle load and optimizing utilities and prepare the control and automation system accordingly.

CCS-Ready scrubbers will also be designed for integration with a Particulate Matter (PM) filter.

Future-proofed vessel

Having a CCS-Ready solution assures that the undisclosed ship owner has continued regulatory compliance for SOx emissions today and opens the door to smooth CCS system adoption in the future.

By installing scrubbers that have been designed with the space and capabilities to have a CCS unit added, Wärtsilä is enabling ship owners to futureproof their existing assets, while remaining competitive and compliant.

We are very excited to announce this world-first order for our CCS-Ready scrubber solution. By investing in a CCS-Ready scrubber, ship owners will futureproof their assets and enable a smooth transition to CCS adoption once the technology is mature in the very near future. CCS is one of the key solutions to enable maritime decarbonization in a short timeframe, and we look forward to progressing our technology further, said Scott Oh, Director at Wärtsilä’s Exhaust Treatment Asia.

Marine exhaust gas cleaning system supplier

Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment is a market-leading marine exhaust gas cleaning system manufacturer, with a range of compliant lifecycle scrubbing solutions for all types of vessels, and in open-loop, closed-loop, or hybrid configurations.

The scrubbers are built with a modular approach to future technology development, creating a platform for the abatement of other emissions from shipping beyond sulphur.

Wärtsilä is currently testing its CCS system at a 70 percent capture rate and a pilot installation will take place within the next twelve months.

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