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Bilfinger to install scrubbers on seventy ocean-going ships

Germany’s industrial
services provider Bilfinger has secured contracts worth more than EUR 100
million (USD 113.5 million) for its scrubber technology, following additional
orders in recent months. 

This brings a total of 70 ocean-going vessels belonging
to national and international shipping companies in line with stricter future
environmental requirements imposed by the International Maritime Organization
(IMO) and the European Union.
As informed, shipping companies from Germany, Greece as
well as a shipyard in China have ordered the company’s scrubbers.
As the international maritime shipping industry is
increasingly using emission-reducing flue-gas desulfurization systems,
Bilfinger sees huge potential for environmental technologies in the maritime
Since Bilfinger began transferring its power plant
flue-gas desulfurization expertise to maritime applications around two years
ago, orders received have come to around EUR 102 million. 
According to the
German Shipowners’ Association (VDR), some 50,000 merchant ships are affected
by the new sulfur emission limits. To meet the anticipated demand, the group is
already taking a closer look at potential fabrication partners for flue-gas
desulfurization systems in China.
International shipping will face significantly stricter
environmental standards in the future. Most vessels are currently propelled by
heavy fuel oil containing up to 3.5 percent sulfur. In response to this, the
IMO has reduced the permissible fuel sulfur content worldwide to 0.5 percent
from 2020. 
Both the IMO and the EU allow desulfurization to be achieved using
flue-gas cleaning systems known as scrubbers. These reduce exhaust sulfur
dioxide concentrations just as thoroughly as with the use of low-sulfur fuels
(marine diesel and LNG), which are very expensive by comparison, according to
the company.
“The scrubber is a virtually unrivaled product that
pays for itself in just one to two and a half years. The strong demand bears
out our … technology transfer from the industrial plant sector to other growth
Jens Borgschulte, Finance Director of the
Technologies service line, commented.
World Maritime News.

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