On 26 June, a vessel belonging to Spliethoff departed from the BLRT shipyard in Klaipeda, Lithuania fitted with exhaust gas cleaning system.
The vessel ‘MV Floragracht’ departed from the BLRT shipyard in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where she was outfitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system. Following shortly on her heels, thirty more vessels of Dutch ship owner Spliethoff Group are scheduled to be outfitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system.
Compliance with global sulphur cap
By building scrubbers throughout its fleet, Spliethoff Group has showed increased commitment towards cleaner shipping and prepares for the global 0.5% sulphur cap which comes into force in 2020.
In 2012, Spliethoff Group subsidiary Transfennica started by outfitting their six Con-Ro vessels with scrubbers. In 2014 – 2015, Spliethoff’s fourteen S-type vessels followed and at the same time sister-company Wijnne Barends fitted scrubbers in three of their C-type vessels. In the coming period scrubbers will be installed on thirty more vessels of Spliethoff, BigLift Shipping and Sevenstar Yacht Transport.
Beneficial for the environment
Arne Hubregtse, technical director of Spliethoff Group said, “Thanks to scrubbers and with the support of our customers, Spliethoff Group will lower the impact of shipping on the environment and at the same time cope in a cost-efficient way with the cost increase caused by the stricter sulphur regulations. As a member of the Trident Alliance, we hope authorities will show the same commitment by enforcing the sulphur rules”.
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