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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 

Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment will install its open loop exhaust gas abatement technology on two ro-pax ferries owned by Spanish company Trasmed GLE, part of the Grimaldi Group.

Trasmed GLE has selected Wärtsilä’s I-SOx open loop scrubbers with exhaust de-plume systems for the 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 scrubbers are flexible to enable MARPOL Annex VI sulphur cap compliance, by scrubbing 3.5% HFO down to the 0.5% limit. Wärtsilä’s scrubbers will enable Trasmed GLE’s vessels to operate at a lower 0.1% sulphur limit to meet both worldwide and ECA regulations.

The installations will take place in 2022, marking the first time that Wärtsilä has conducted a ro-pax scrubber retrofit in the region. The partnership strengthens a long-standing relationship between Grimaldi and Wärtsilä to install scrubbers in many configurations across Grimaldi Group’s business units.

Sigurd Jenssen, Director, Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment, said: “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.”

Ettore Morace, MD Trasmed GLE, added: “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 an environmentally friendly shipping company”

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