Pride of America to get exhaust gas scrubbers

POA aerial5 HiResJANUARY 17, 2013 — Norwegian Cruise Line's 2,124 passenger U.S.-flag cruise ship, Pride of America, is to fitted with Green Tech Marine exhaust gas scrubbers as part of its upcoming $30 million upgrade at BAE Systems Ship Repair Hawaii (see earlier story).

Farsund, Norway, based Green Tech Marine has signed a contract to deliver four exhaust gas scrubbers to the ship in March. They will replace the ships silencers and clean the exhaust of four, 8 MW engines, in total 32 MW — the biggest marine scrubber installation in the world as of today, says Green Tech. Thanks to the small size of the scrubbers no valuable space for passengers or crew has to be sacrificed.

The system will be a hybrid system, i.e. the vessel will be able to operate both in open loop as well as in closed loop.

"The contract is another important step towards convincing shipowners that exhaust gas cleaning systems is a feasible and less expensive alternative to running on low sulfur fuel," says Peter Strandberg, President and CEO of Green Tech Marine.

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