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Ignazio Messina & Co, Hamworthy Krystallon Install First Commercial Marine Scrubber

The first of four Ignazio Messina & Co.-owned vessels installed with marine scrubbing technology from manufacturer Hamworthy Krystallon has come on line.

Linea Messina is the first ever vessel to operate commercially with a scrubber system, enabling Ignazio Messina to meet 0.1 percent sulfur emissions regulations in EU ports, as well as “future-proofing” the vessel for the impending 2015 0.1 percent U.S. Emission Control Area, Hamworthy says.

Ignazio Messina placed the word’s first commercial order for seawater scrubbers in 2010, to be installed on four new 45,000 dwt Ro-Ro vessels. Each ship features five scrubbers, consisting of four units for the auxiliary engines and one unit for the auxiliary boiler.

The delivery of the equipment for Linea Messina took place in January 2011, followed by installation throughout the summer.  Maritime vessel classification organization DNV approved the installation during testing in October 2011. The vessels are the first of their type to gain the Royal Institute of Naval Architects’ Green Plus classification, Hamworthy says.

Linea Messina will operate along the African coast as well as in Italian waters.

Hamworthy Krystallon says that the successful installation of the scrubber presents the shipping industry with a “simple choice”: Pay the $300 to $400 price differential for costly distillate fuel or install a scrubber, which typically has a payback of less than two years.

In September, shipping giant Maersk Line announced that it was to test a Belco scrubbing system. Maersk said that the exhaust gas cleaning system could cut sulfur emissions by more than 97 percent.

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