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Maersk Line to Test Sulfur-Cutting Exhaust Cleaner

Shipping giant Maersk Line is to test a new exhaust gas cleaning system that it says could cut sulfur emissions by more than 97 percent.

The scrubbing system has been developed by Belco and designed for installation on Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers vessels.

Maersk is investing $600,000 in the installation and operation of the scrubber. The system will be operational on container ship Maersk Taurus in 2012.  If conditions are appropriate the system can operate continuously while at sea.

“Global sulphur legislation will kick in over the next few years so the more understanding we have on these systems, the better we are prepared to make smarter investment decisions sooner, when weighing our options against low sulphur fuels,” says Maurice Meehan, Maersk Tankers’ Sustainability Manager.

The scrubber will cut SOx emissions significantly, but Maersk says that the application also consumes energy.

“A system of this magnitude consumes energy and therefore increases CO2. We need to find the right balance between SOx cuts, CO2 increases, and cost,” says Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Head of Maersk Maritime Technology.

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