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Wärtsilä well positioned for sulfur cap

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The IMO's Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) has agreed to implement the global cap on the sulfur content of marine fuels effective from January 2020. Wärtsilä's development of exhaust gas cleaning systems has positioned the company ready to meet the MEPC’s sulfur cap.

Wärtsilä has experience in EGC systems for marine applications, and was the first manufacturer to have been awarded the International Maritime Organisation's certificate for exhaust gas cleaning systems by the classification societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, and Bureau Veritas.

Recently, the Singapore flag state authorities approved Wärtsilä's EGC systems, making it the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority. This approval by Singapore makes it applicable to all Asian flag states.

Wärtsilä was also the first company to introduce dual-fuel engines to the shipping sector, allowing the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. As LNG contains no sulfur, there is an increasing trend towards the use of LNG fuel.

"In addition to its well-known offering in dual-fuel engines and LNG handling systems, Wärtsilä also has a portfolio of the most flexible EGC systems. Our open-loop water cleaning system is the most environmentally sound solution on the market. We can customise and optimise our systems to meet specific customer requirements, while offering support during each phase of the project from feasibility studies to commissioning, and then on to lifecycle service support," said Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The global cap will limit the sulfur content of marine fuels to 0.5%.

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