China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has selected Finnish company Valmet to supply scrubbers for ten COSCO containerships.

As informed, the exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCSs) will be installed on board the company’s existing vessels in China in 2019.

The project is implemented in cooperation with Health Lead Development.

The value of the order has not been disclosed.

“The scrubber systems can be installed to a single-island container vessel without losing any cargo capacity,” Shijie Wang, Senior Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Marine Scrubber Systems, Valmet, said.

He added that the systems will be installed before the upcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur cap, scheduled to enter into force in January 2020.

The scrubbers “will enable the use of higher sulphur oil, which is cheaper compared to using lower sulphur oil,” Wang explained.

Specifically, the scrubber system delivery for COSCO will include an open loop scrubber system for main engine and generator engines including auxiliary systems and automation.

According to Valmet, the exhaust gas is washed with seawater in open loop mode. All emissions are continuously monitored, and the complete exhaust gas scrubber system is controlled with Valmet’s marine automation, Valmet DNA.

Based in Espoo, Finland, Valmet is a developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.

COSCO Shipping Lines, part of COSCO Shipping Group, is engaged in domestic and international maritime container transport services and related business. At the end of 2018, the company had a total of 376 container vessels, with a total capacity of 2.1 million TEUs.

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