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New Guide To Marine Eco-Friendly Technology

by Robert Lee,, London

27 June 2012

Lloyd's Register has announced the launch of a new guide to aid shipowners and operators in the selection of environmentally-friendly technology to meet new energy efficiency requirements.

The Guide, developed with input from the industry, focuses exclusively on Exhaust Gas Treatment Systems (EGTS), or scrubbers as they are more commonly known. The devices can reduce output of nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides, and are among one of the many solutions that shipowners can utilize to meet increasingly strict environmental rules.

New regulations from the International Maritime Organization require that the sulphur content of ships’ fuel be cut dramatically in emission control areas by 2015, and throughout the world’s oceans with effect from 2020. This is in addition to new rules adopted to come into force in January 2013. An amendment to Annex IV of the MARPOL convention makes mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index, introducing stringent environmental guidelines on new ships with a capacity of more than 400 gross tons from this date.

In releasing its report, Lloyd's Register underscored that EGTSs will not be suitable for all ship types or operators, and the age of assets also will be a factor in making commercial decisions.

“The implications of emissions compliance will vary from owner to owner. For example, the needs of a Baltic ferry operator are likely to be very different to those of a bulk carrier owner whose ships trade globally,” Katharine Palmer, Lloyd’s Register’s Environmental Manager explained. “For us, it’s not a question of being for or against these treatment systems. It’s all about building understanding of how scrubbers work, when they may be suitable, and providing operators with the information and confidence they need to make investment decisions.”

With new technologies emerging, providing the right support throughout the decision-making and design process is critical, says Palmer, who adds that the guide provides a clear picture of the technical realities involved in installing and operating EGTS, using case studies and real-world examples.

Palmer suggested that the Guide could be used in conjunction with the ECA Calculator, a cost-scenario modelling tool, launched by Lloyd's Register earlier this year to help the industry to identify cost-effective routes to emissions compliance.

Welcoming the launch of the guide, John Aitken, the General Secretary of Shipping Emissions, Abatement and Trading (SEAaT), an organization comprising of owner-operators which helped to produce the report, said: “SEAaT is happy to have assisted in the development of this very useful and timely guide to the issue of shipboard exhaust gas treatment. As regulations concerning vessel emissions to air become more stringent, this guide will be of considerable assistance to ship owners and operators as they look for the most cost-effective means of compliance.”

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