Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) company Clean Marine has secured a multi-vessel contract from Inventor Chemical Tankers AS (ICT). The agreement, covering seven 19900 DWT chemical tankers, marks the launch of the firm’s revolutionary CleanSOx Compact Hybrid Allstream scrubber to the marketplace.
According to Clean Marine CEO Nils Høy-Petersen, the company has been exclusively dedicated to EGCS solutions since its inception in 2006.
“Our latest product has been designed to ensure ship owners can achieve simple, cost and space efficient compliance with the IMO’s SOx regulations, coming into force in 2020,” he said.
“The new Compact scrubber has all the advantages of our existing, patented EGCS technology, with added benefits for ship owners looking for ease of retrofitting, especially where space is at a premium.”
Mr Høy-Petersen notes that the system’s ‘Allstream’ capability allows it to treat exhaust from all sources onboard vessels with no back pressure in the exhaust system, while its compact design means it delivers very significant size and weight advantages against market alternatives.
“What this means is minimal impact upon the vessel with maximum emission cleaning performance – exactly what the market is looking for.”
Høy-Petersen added: “Our system is simple, compliant, and ensures clean sailing on existing heavy fuels. And with our unique understanding of both EGCS technology and ship owners’ requirements, we are confident we can offer outstanding EGCS solutions to our customers.”
After an exhaustive review of competing EGCS suppliers, ICT has partnered with Clean Marine and Technical Manager Diamond Shipmanagement, to manage the installation and commissioning of the systems aboard seven vessels, built between 2015 and 2017. All vessels were ECO designed and built by the Japanese-based Fukuoka Shipyard.
ICT Chief Operating Officer Torfin Eide said the decision to choose the ‘compact’ solution was driven by a number of factors: “Together with our technical management team, we compared performance, size, weight, price and operating costs of similar products developed by other companies before choosing Clean Marine,” he said.
“Considering parameters such as Allstream, size, weight, design, hybrid technology, and the total associated cost to have it installed and commissioned onboard, we believe we have found the optimal EGCS solution for our chemical tankers. Also, Clean Marine’s compact size for this scrubber means that we can avoid a major retrofit — a significant contributing factor in our decision.”
Mr Eide adds that ICT is committed to minimising its environmental footprint by utilising “green technology”.
“Our investment in this project is a clear demonstration of our efforts to reduce emissions and achieve compliant sailing, well before the 2020 regulations come into force. Our goal is to deliver the best performance and value for all our stakeholders.”
Inventor Chemical Tankers AS (ICT) is a Norwegian-based owner, that boasts a fleet of 12 advanced steel chemical tankers, all of which are operated through the Hansa Tankers trading platform.
Diamond Shipmanagment Pte Ltd (DSMPL) is a Singaporean-based ship management company that specialises in managing chemical tankers.