Wärtsilä has received its first order for carbon capture and storage-ready scrubber systems – CCS-Ready scrubbers. Four 8200 TEU container vessels, being built at undisclosed Asian based yard, will be fitted with the 35MW scrubbers in an open loop configuration.

The order was booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in November 2022 and the delivery is expected to take place in 2023, but was only revealed last week.

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The scrubbers are termed CCS-Ready because, as part of their installation, Wärtsilä will perform additional design and engineering work to ensure that future retrofits for a full CCS system on the vessels have already been accounted for during the newbuilding construction stage.

The company will take measures to ensure adequate space for the future installation of CCS system, incorporate considerations for minimising idle load and optimising utilities, and prepare the control and automation system accordingly. CCS-Ready scrubbers will also be designed for integration with a Particulate Matter filter.

Having a CCS-Ready solution assures that the undisclosed ship owner has continued regulatory compliance for SOx emissions today and opens the door to smooth CCS system adoption in the future.

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CCS system undergoing tests

Wärtsilä is currently testing its CCS system at seventy per cent capture rate and a pilot installation will take place within the next twelve months.

Picture: Wärtsilä’s CCS-Ready scrubbers smooth the pathway to onboard CCS adoption; a key maritime decarbonisation solution. The rendering shows a full CCS system on a container ship, but the technology can be offered for various kinds of vessels depending on their requirements.

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