Wärtsilä and Clean Marine Energy align to offer ship owners “scrubber finance”

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 6 March 2015 at 09:30 UTC+2

Funding concept promotes installation of scrubber systems by offering financing to ship owners, with returns taken from fuel price spread

Wärtsilä and Clean Marine Energy (Europe) Ltd (CME) today announced the landmark signing of the shipping industry’s first collaboration agreement that will provide a convenient funding solution to drive the uptake of exhaust gas cleaning technology. The move is intended to ease the financial burden on ship owners seeking to install scrubber systems in order to meet sulphur emissions legislation.

The financing solution, similar to those prevalent and proven in the building environment space, enables a ship owner to repay the cost of the scrubber system installation via a fuel adder, i.e. a fuel premium on the price of HFO by which the ship owner repays the cost of installing the scrubber. This provides a return from the differential between Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Marine Gasoil (MGO) for a period of four to six years, depending on price spreads. This means that ship owners do not have the burden of meeting the up-front capital expenditure, which is typically between USD 3 million and USD 12 million per vessel. This investment is often difficult to pass on to charterers, whereas with CME financing, the fuel adder charge can be easily passed on until such time as the scrubber system is paid for. The concept therefore minimises the impact on the owner’s balance sheet, banking and security arrangements.

Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Wärtsilä Environmental Solutions said: “This funding concept enables ship owners to increase the value of their asset without taking on additional debt, thereby making it easier to achieve long-term compliance with increasingly stringent environmental legislation. Wärtsilä is proud to be at the forefront of developing innovative solutions aimed at assisting customers to reduce both their operational costs and their environmental footprint. This collaboration agreement with CME is one more example of this philosophy.”

Pace Ralli, Co-founder and Director of CME (Europe) commented: “The shipping industry is faced with a number of environmental regulations right now, often with a significant capital burden. Despite lower fuel costs, there is an even greater spread between HFO and MGO; as much as 90% in some cases. This allows us to inject capital to pay for the installation of a scrubber, allow the ship owner some of the benefits of continuing to burn HFO and still take out a return. In addition, the asset value improves, while the ship owner is compliant with new tighter ECA regulations. We see the CME solution as filling a gap in the financing of the latest scrubber technology. CME and Wärtsilä can provide the financed installation and maintenance of a scrubber through CME’s Emissions Compliance Service Agreement (ECSA).”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced legislation that became effective at the beginning of 2015 restricting emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) from ships operating in restricted Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs) to 0.1%. Sulphur levels of 0.5% will be applicable globally, when the broader legislation enters into force in either 2020 or 2025. The European Commission has mandated that the 0.5% sulphur limit will be applicable in European Union waters from 2020.

There are currently three available options for owners to meet these regulations; by using low sulphur fuel, which is far more expensive than conventional marine diesel; converting to gas fuelled operation (LNG); or installing scrubber systems that enable conventional fuel to be burned. Wärtsilä is an industry leader in both dual-fuel engine technology that allows the use of liquefied natural gas as fuel, and scrubber systems that remove SOx emissions from conventional marine diesel fuel.

Media contacts:

Mr Sigurd Jenssen
Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Environmental Solutions
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Tel: +47 6927 9889

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Amie Pascoe
BLUE Communications (representing Clean Marine Energy)
T: +44 (0)7917 351187

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.

About Clean Marine Energy:
CME’s global headquarters are located in the United States, with its European arm registered in the Netherlands and operated from the UK. The company develops and delivers Emission Compliance Service Agreements (ECSA) that are used as funding mechanisms for exhaust gas cleaning systems. Its solutions offer shipowners tailored solutions for emissions compliance, including a proprietary financing mechanism to retrofit vessels with scrubber or LNG technology without a large upfront capital requirement. CME’s comprehensive offering is built on strategic partnerships between industry leaders that combine technology, engineering expertise, capabilities and track record. Please visit CME’s website at http://www.cleanmarineenergy.com/.