Norwegian Cruise Line retrofits two more ships with scrubbers

Written by Nick Blenkey
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OCTOBER 18, 2017 — Norwegian Cruise Line now has eight cruise ships equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning systems, following the successful retrofitting of scrubbers on two of its ships, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Jade.

The ships’ new lightweight in-line scrubbers are a hybrid technology developed by Norway’s Yara Marine Technologies AS that are able to operate in open loop, closed loop and closed loop with bleed off mode.

In each ship, five scrubbers were installed, one per engine, covering the whole propulsion system. Collectively, they are capable of reducing the emission of sulfur to air by up to 99 percent and also reduce particulate emissions by up to 85 percent.n a clean white plume of steam.

Early in 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise line to commit to retrofitting six vessels with scrubbers. It has now exceeded that commitment with eight ships in total fitted with systems, with Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Sun joining Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy and Pride of America and the line’s newest ship sailing in June 2018, Norwegian Bliss.

Norwegian Cruise Line says it is on track to meet its MARPOL Annex VI compliance goal of reducing its global sulfur cap from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent by 2020.

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