Scrubber Test Confirms 100% Compliance

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Wednesday July 23, 2014

Tests of a scrubber system from DuPont subsidiary Belco Technologies Corp. (Belco) demonstrated 100 percent compliance with MARPOL Annex VI regulations, industry news site The Motorship reports.

The company worked with Maersk Group to test the scrubber on the containership Maersk Tukang over six days as it sailed from Algeciras, Spain to Genoa, Italy.

A surveyor from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) monitored the testing as part of the class certification process for the system, which is expected to be complete later this year.

The scrubber unit cleans sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) from the emissions of a 3.2 megawatt auxiliary engine.

The tests demonstrated compliance with the MARPOL rules for air and washwater pollution with the system in open loop configuration.

Belco is planning closed loop testing in the fall of this year.

One analysis earlier this year predicted that the scrubber market will see $15 billion in sales by 2025 as ship owners respond to new sulfur limits in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs).