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Palumbo meets new pollution standards

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Palumbo Malta Shipyards has retrofitted the most vessels in Europe with a fuel cleaning system in 2019 after the introduction of new environmental shipping rules.

The ranking was featured in the December edition of Drydock Magazine. It placed Palumbo Shipyards as fifth in the world, and first in Europe for total scrubber retrofits for 2019.

Palumbo president, Antonio Palumbo, said: “Placing top in Europe is a great honour for our shipyards and for Malta, and shows that hard work to remain competitive in such a tough and volatile market pays off.”

IMO Sulfur 2020 stipulates that vessels have to lower the maximum allowable sulfur content in bunker fuel to 0.5% from 3.5% as a step towards controlling emissions and achieving cleaner air.

The installation of scrubbers requires extensive modifications to the funnel, to ‘clean’ emissions before release into the atmosphere, and the scrubber market boomed in 2019 as shipowners and operators turned to retrofitting to comply with the sulfur limit.

The Cottonera shipyard in Malta has been kept busy over the past months, installing ships with new scrubbers that work by showering seawater, which in turns converts emissions from gaseous to a more manageable aqueous state. The systems being installed by Palumbo Malta Shipyards meet the IMO limits for both gas emissions and wash quality.

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