RoPax newbuilds to be equipped with Wärtsilä scrubbers

Wärtsilä has secured a new agreement for its exhaust gas cleaning systems to be installed on two newbuild 218m roll-on/roll-off passenger vessels (RoPax) at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China.

The contract, which was signed in February 2022, will see Wärtsilä fit and commission two 25-megawatt V-SOx hybrid scrubber systems, which can run in both open and closed loop configurations, on each vessel.

Wärtsilä noted that, in addition to complying with the 0.50% sulphur regulation, the scrubber can be upgraded to tackle other pollutants, including Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), Particulate Matter (PM) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

‘Our technology completely fulfils technical requirements for newbuilds, ensures compliance with current regulation, and is also the first building block for future sustainability innovation,’ Wang Bin, Area Sales Manager at Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment in China. ‘We look forward to working with GSI on this collaboration and others in our future together.’

Jiang Lei, Purchasing Manager at GSI, added: ‘We recognise the long-term potential of scrubbers for solving many crucial challenges in the shipping industry, and we are proud to carry out installations at our development-oriented shipyard.’

Delivery and installation of the four scrubber systems for both vessels will be completed by the end of 2023. 

Rhys Berry