Germany’s Carl Büttner Shipmanagement has installed a Bilfinger flue gas cleaning system on board one of its deepsea products tankers.
The maritime flue gas cleaning system fitted to 2006-built, 24,017 dwt Aurelia is a desulphurisation solution from Babcock Noell, a Bilfinger company. It was fitted to control emissions ahead of IMO regulations that come into force in 2020.
The gas is purified in a scrubber process that entails the addition of scrubbing water. The investment will pay for itself in less than three years, the company claimed.
Aurelia returned to service in mid November 2016, after a short conversion period thought to have been undertaken at Bremerhaven.
Babcock Noell’s desulphurisation technology has been in use in industry for 40 years. To make it viable for the maritime sector, the process has been modified to take account of sea going conditions and the flue gas to be cleaned.