Grimaldi-owned company opts for Wärtsilä scrubbers

Grimaldi-owned company opts for Wärtsilä scrubbers
Wärtsilä will retrofit exhaust gas abatement technology on two Trasmed GLE owned passenger ferries. Image source: Wärtsilä

Spanish company Trasmed GLE, part of the Grimaldi Group, has chosen Wärtsilä’s open-loop scrubbers for two roll-on/roll-off passenger ferries.

Trasmed GLE has selected four of Wärtsilä’s I-SOx open loop scrubbers with exhaust de-plume systems for the RoPax vessels Volcan del Teide and Ciudad de Granada which operate in the Mediterranean Sea. Each vessel will have four scrubbers installed, one on each main engine. The order was booked in November 2021.

The scrubbers are flexible to enable MARPOL Annex VI sulphur cap compliance, by scrubbing 3.5 per cent HFO down to the 0.5 per cent limit. Wärtsilä’s scrubbers will also enable Trasmed GLE’s vessels to operate at a lower 0.1 per cent sulphur limit to meet both worldwide and ECA regulations.

The installations will take place in 2022 and marks the first time that Wärtsilä has conducted a RoPax scrubber retrofit in the region.

The partnership strengthens the long-standing relationship between Grimaldi and Wärtsilä to install scrubbers in many configurations across Grimaldi Group’s business units.

Ettore Morace, managing director at Trasmed GLE said: “all the Trasmed fleet will have the scrubbers installed before next summer 2022. This will be a huge effort from our technical department and confirms our full commitment to be a ‘environmentally friendly’ shipping company”.

Sigurd Jenssen, director at Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment, commented: “We are delighted to see Trasmed GLE joining the ranks of maritime leaders committed to meeting environmental regulations and reducing shipping’s impact on the planet. Not only does this announcement build on our long relationship with Grimaldi and the Group’s subsidiary companies, but it also confirms the wider trend we are seeing across the shipping industry that shipowners are investing in quality, flexible and lifecycle-based technologies for their vessels, either at the newbuild stage or as retrofits.”