Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has agreed to provide the funding for California-based Clean Air Engineering Maritime (CAEM) to develop a ‘new-generation’ marine exhaust treatment system that will be fitted on its car carriers from 2025 in order to help reduce air pollution in California.
Emission reduction from container ships
In a statement issued on 10 May, MOL said that the regulations that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) introduced in 2007 to reduce emissions from container ships calling at Californian ports will extended to include car carriers in 2025.
In June 2015, CAEM became the first company to receive CARB approval for its barge-based Marine Exhaust Treatment System (METS-1) which captures air pollutants exhausted from the ship’s stack and treats the exhaust removing all of the required pollutants pursuant to CARB standards. CAEM has been providing their services at the Port of Los Angeles, California, since then, and CAEM is currently the only company providing vessel exhaust capture and treatment services in compliance with the CARB At-Beth Regulation.
According to MOL, CAEM has ‘successfully serviced approximately 400 vessels with 23,000 service hours, mainly for container ships.‘
Marine Exhaust Treatment System
Now, in cooperation with CAEM, MOL will join the development of a newb system for car carriers – called Marine Exhaust Treatment System, METS-3 – and will work to prevent air pollution in the area, where MOL vessels calls more than 70 times a year.
CAEM’s President Nick Tonsich, said: ‘CAEM is honoured to partner with MOL on the latest design and production of our marine exhaust treatment system, the METS-3, which will meet the challenges of capturing and treating exhaust from car carriers. MOL is again at the forefront of developing and implementing environmental technologies which eliminate impacts from operations.’
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