A new scrubber system developed by Netherlands-based Value Maritime has been granted an International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificate from Lloyds Register. Most of the tests required to obtain certification had been performed during installation. Since the Value Maritime scrubber uses a new innovative technology, the maker had to further demonstrate its performance outside SECA in order to receive class approval.
To this end, the scrubber system was put to test under diverse and extreme conditions on the first vessel on which it was installed. This was undertaken while the vessel was doing its voyages between the Netherlands and Russia. Value Maritime has a live data connection with the system allowing it to monitor all data remotely. In addition, a company commissioning engineer was onboard to train the crew during the first voyage.
The Value Maritime scrubber is unusual in that it is constructed and pre-commissioned ashore before installation. The scrubber is mounted inside a 20’ casing that can be installed on the deck of a vessel in what the maker describes as a plug and play operation. The compact system makes use of existing ballast water pumps and sea chest. It is said to be suitable for smaller vessels with engines from 2MW and its modular construction allows it to be suited to older vessels as it can be removed and re-installed on another ship if the original vessel is decommissioned.
In a release concerning the certification, Value Maritime said it is currently finalising new commercial orders for its Scrubber system and looks forward to supplying many vessels across the world in the coming years; and help reduce costs for shipping companies while preserving the environment.
“In the entire discussion about banning scrubbers in ports and coastal waters, we feel authorities forget the harmful effect that ultra-fine particulate matter has on people and the environment. The exhaust from Marine Gas Oil has an even higher count of ultra-fine particulate matter and thus poses an increased health risk. Our unique scrubber system also filters ultra-fine particulate matter and will therefore benefit the environment while operating in ports and coastal waters using either Marine Gas Oil or HFSO”
“Regarding open- or closed-loop systems. We see that shipowners mostly decide to choose their scrubbers hybrid ready. We have prepared our scrubber to be compatible as an open-loop, closed-loop or hybrid system, depending on the customers preference.