The technology group Wärtsilä and Norwegian Wilhelmsen Ship Management, a Wilhelmsen group company, have signed a five-year agreement covering the maintenance of exhaust gas cleaning systems installed in three vessels managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management.
All three vessels have a 25 MW Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System, which has the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop, using seawater to remove sulphur oxide (SOx) from the exhaust gas. In closed loop mode additional reagent is used in combination with sea water.
The agreement between Wärtsilä and Wilhelmsen Ship Management was signed in December 2017.
The services covered under the agreement include annual audits and safety tests to ensure ongoing MARPOL compliance, calibration of the Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) and water monitoring system as well as operational training courses for the vessels’ crew.
“For Wilhelmsen Ship Management, operating sustainably and maintaining MARPOL compliance is absolutely crucial,” says Jon Helge Ulstein, Vessel Manager at Wilhelmsen Ship Management.
“This agreement with Wärtsilä ensures that we are doing it in a correct and documented way to fulfil authorities’ requirements.
“Additionally, it allows us to perform long term cost predictability and channel more focus into critical ship management operations.”
The agreement ensures the managed vessels are fully MARPOL compliant and can fulfil the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new, stricter sulphur limits, coming into force on 1 January 2020.
“Wärtsilä’s purpose is to enable sustainable societies with smart technologies,” says Glenn Holid, Sales Manager at Wärtsilä Moss.
“We want to build awareness of sustainability and provide solutions that help customers reduce or eliminate emissions.
“This agreement with Wilhelmsen Ship Management does exactly that by ensuring that the vessels comply with the strict sulphurs limits set by IMO’s standards.
“Additionally, the agreement provides Wilhelmsen Ship Management with predictability of the vessel maintenance costs.”
Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 5 June, 2018
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