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Industrial PRIME | October 31, 2016

Concerned about the Upcoming Global Sulphur Cap? Don’t Worry, Wärtsilä Is with You!

Wärtsilä's EGC systems already have in excess of 200,000 running hours of operation, making Wärtsilä by far the most experienced provider of such systems for marine use.
Concerned about the Upcoming Global Sulphur Cap? Don’t Worry, Wärtsilä Is with You!

Industrial PRIME | October 31, 2016

The IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) has agreed to implement the global cap on the sulphur content of marine fuels effective from January 2020.

The global cap will limit the sulphur content of marine fuels to 0.5%. In practice, this means that shipping fleets will need to either change to a cleaner fuel, or install abatement systems.

With its portfolio of flexible exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems and broad offering in gas and dual-fuel engine technologies, Wärtsilä is ideally positioned to assist fleet owners around the world to implement plans for compliance.

The company’s merits are undisputed. To begin with, Wärtsilä was the first manufacturer to have been awarded the IMO‘s certificate for exhaust gas cleaning systems by the classification societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, and Bureau Veritas.

Recently, the Singapore flag state authorities approved Wärtsilä’s EGC system, making it the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority. Remarkably, the approval by Singapore makes the system applicable to all Asian flag states.

Moreover, Wärtsilä was the first company to introduce dual-fuel engines to the shipping sector, allowing the use of LNG as a marine fuel. Since it contains no sulphur, there is an increasing trend towards the use of LNG fuel as a viable means of complying with the upcoming requirements.

You can read more about Wärtsilä’s LNG solutions from our earlier article.

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