As part of its drive to cut sulphur emissions from its fleet towards zero, Maersk Line will test a new exhaust gas cleaning system.
“Sulphur is a major problem for our industry. We are concerned with the impact on public health, in particular for people living close to busy ports,” says Jacob Sterling, Head of Climate and Environment, Maersk Line.
Maersk Line will test an advanced scrubbing system developed by BELCO® and designed for installation at Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers vessels. The high efficiency technology can cut SOx emissions by more than 97%.
“We have been investigating SOx scrubber technologies for several years to find appropriate technology for installation on our ships. We are pleased with our partnership with BELCO® and trust it will bring us one step further in understanding our possibilities to improve environmental performance in a cost effective manner,” says Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Head of Maersk Maritime Technology.
Maersk is investing $600,000 USD in the installation and operation of the scrubber. The system will be operational on container ship Maersk Taurus in 2012 and can be in use throughout the voyage if conditions are appropriate.
“Global sulphur legislation will kick in over the next few years so the more understanding we have on these systems, the better we are prepared to make smarter investment decisions sooner, when weighing our options against low sulphur fuels,” says Maurice Meehan, Maersk Tankers’ Sustainability Manager.
The scrubber will cut SOx emissions significantly but the application also consumes energy.
“A system of this magnitude consumes energy and therefore increases CO2. We need to find the right balance between SOx cuts, CO2 increases and cost,” says Bo Cerup-Simonsen.
Maersk Line expects the new technology to complement the company’s operational measures, such as fuel switch implementations.
Maersk Line tests new exhaust gas cleaning technology to cut Sox.