Over the last three years, VDL AEC Maritime has successfully installed, commissioned and handed over 24 exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) for Maran Dry Management and installed units on board Thenamaris tankers
Despite challenges at shipyards in southeast Asia, the joint project team of Maran Dry Management and VDL AEC Maritime installed the scrubbers on schedule. After commissioning, VDL AEC Maritime ensured the ships were quickly back in operation, even though the last few vessels were commissioned during the Covid-19 period.
With its 24/7 lifecycle support, VDL AEC Maritime supported Maran with critical spares, remote support and service attendances to guarantee the continuous and smooth operation of their fleet.
“VDL AEC Maritime has proven to be a professional organisation, which during challenging periods, managed the scrubber projects with great commitment, delivering reliable and efficient working solutions to help us to achieve our goal of reducing emissions on our fleet,” said a spokesperson for Maran Dry Management Inc.
The Maran dry bulk fleet scrubber installation project was announced after VDL installed a scrubber on board 2018-built, Suezmax tanker Seaviolet, which is operated by Athens-based Thenamaris Ships Management. The installation was completed in September 2020. This followed the previous successful installation on board 2006-built, VLCC Seaking.
The challenge during this installation was integrating the system while the vessel was afloat berthed alongside a pier. In addition to the scrubber installation at the pier, which significantly reduced the retrofit costs, VDL AEC Maritime integrated an optimisation upgrade which reduces the required water consumption while being in 0.1% compliance, therefore increasing the efficiency of the scrubber technology.
“The results during the sea trials were excellent,” stated the project manager of VDL AEC Maritime. He added, “We are very proud that our developments are helping our clients to continuously increase the efficiency of their fleet while being in full compliance with IMO regulations.”
Thenamaris’ project manager, Vasilis Valsamis said at the time, “We are very pleased to witness the successful completion of this retrofit project, our first in Greek territory and in such a short period of time. The close co-operation, hard work, determination and attention to detail of all involved paid off.”