Containerships orders Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber

Finnish shortsea operator Containerships has ordered a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber to comply with future European SOX emission limits in its Sulphur Emission Control Areas. The agreement covers the retrofitting of a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber for the vessel Containerships VII, which is equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64 main engine. This is Wärtsilä’s first commercial marine scrubber project for a main engine. The scrubber will be delivered to the customer in August 2011.

According to Wärtsilä, scrubbing is an attractive means of meeting the increasingly stringent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and EU regulations. Scrubbers efficiently reduce exhaust gas emissions such as sulphur oxides and particulates, and slightly also nitrogen oxides.

“The Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber technology will meet both environmental and commercial requirements for our operations. We see it as a clear advantage that Wärtsilä, with its long experience in emissions abatement technology, delivers the scrubber solution,” says Sigurjon Markusson, CEO, Containerships Ltd Oy.