Valmet hybrid scrubbers selected for Japanese ferry newbuilds

Finland-based company Valmet has signed a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Shimonoseki Shipyard to deliver hybrid scrubber systems and water treatment units to two ferries.

Mitsubishi Shimonoseki Shipyard, where the vessels with Valmet scrubbers are manufactured, is located on the Kanmon Strait in Japan. Photo: Valmet

Specifically, the delivery includes Valmet marine scrubber hybrid systems which can be operated both in closed and open loop mode.

Both vessels will be equipped with two identical scrubber towers for each main engine and Valmet water treatment unit. The scrubber solution includes Valmet’s automation system, Valmet DNA, to optimize the energy and emission efficiency.

The vessels will be delivered from the shipyard to Japanese ferry operator Meimon Taiyo Ferry in 2022, with Valmet’s equipment deliveries scheduled between the last quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.

“With the global IMO 2020 regulations for sulfuric oxide emission in place, the marine scrubber business is booming around the world… This is our first delivery to the Japanese market, and we are very pleased that Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Meimon Taiyo have trusted us to supply our … scrubber system,” Timo Lamminen, Product Sales Manager, Marine Scrubber sales, Pulp and Energy business line, Asia-Pacific, Valmet, commented.

“These Meimon Taiyo ferries will be equipped with Valmet’s water treatment units offering vessel owner the lowest operating expenses and the easiest use in the market,” Anssi Mäkelä, Senior Manager, Marine Scrubber Systems, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet, said.