Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, the global rolling cargo operator, will retrofit their vessel Tarago with a Hamworthy Hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning System.

As new sulphur emissions regulation comes into force from January 2015, owners and operators face the challenge of driving profitability while meeting high environmental standards. In the future, vessels must burn fuel with a sulphur content of 0.1% when operating within Emission Control Areas (ECAs). To prepare for these impending regulations Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA will retrofit their Mark IV RoRo, Tarago, with an exhaust gas cleaning system.

Wärtsilä Hamworthy’s solution will be the world’s largest multi-stream scrubber and removes sulphur and particulates from the exhaust gases of the vessel’s main and auxiliary engines. The innovative project is being verified by Marintek, the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute, and aims to endorse the viability of scrubbing as an efficient and cost effective solution for ECA compliance.

Tarago will be able to operate in ECAs from 2015 on a ‘business as usual’ basis, avoiding the $300 to $400 price premium that standard vessels will have to pay for the distillate fuels they will need to burn to remain compliant.

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