Marine scrubber technology firm Ionada BV is now offering shipowners an exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) service where shipowners only pay for the fuel cleaned, according to a statement from World Port Accelerator PortXL.
The EGC service will be able to help shipping firms save millions in capital costs, and completely de-risks scrubber purchases, it says.
The company’s semi-dry scrubbers have numerous advantages over traditional seawater scrubbers including no structural renovations, no sea water or washwater.
Ionada’s semi-dry scrubbing technology project was selected by PortXL as a finalist earlier in 2018.
“We are very grateful for all the scale up support provided by the accelerator support team at PortXL, especially Mare Straetmans and Carolien Vat-Sandee who played key roles in securing the pilot agreement with Van Oord,” commented Edoardo Panziera.
Dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects maritime contractor Van Oord on 14 June signed a pilot agreement with Ionada to conduct trials of its semi-dry scrubbing technology onboard the Van Oord Lelystad, a hopper dredger.
The pilot trials will consist of the retrofitting of one of the Lelystad’s two main engines with Ionada’s semi-dry scrubbing system. The pilot commissioning and sea trials are scheduled to be completed by fourth quarter of 2018.
“We would like to thank Job Voormolen, Engineering Manager Van Oord, as well as the rest of the technical team at Van Oord for providing the operational expertise and financial support for the Pilot Project,” said Ionada President, Edoardo Panziera.
“We look forward to completing the commissioning of the semi-dry scrubber later this year. This installation represents the world’s first marine SOx scrubber using semi-dry nanotechnology absorbents.”
Photo credit: PortXL
Published: 18 June, 2018
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