Yara seeks to ease shipowners’ concerns over new marine emissions cap

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Yara International ASA has welcomed the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) decision to implement its global cap on the Sulphur content of marine fuel.

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This is a good day for people all around the world

The regulation – which was ratified today in London and will come into force in 2020 – requires vessels to burn fuel with a Sulphur content of less than 0.5 percent. Alternatively, owners can install Sox scrubbers, such as those produced by Yara, which remove virtually all Sulphur from the exhaust.

Head of Yara’s Industrial business, Yves Bonte, said the decision is positive for society, the environment and the industry.

“This is a good day for people all around the world,” he says. “The severe health and environmental damage caused by ship emissions could no longer be ignored. The decision gives shipowners time to comply and although there is a short-term investment, it will make the maritime industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly in the long term,” he said.

Studies link Sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ship exhausts to the death of tens of thousands of people each year mainly from cancer and heart and lung diseases.

This is why North America, and parts of Europe and China already demand that ships use fuel with a Sulphur content of 0.1 percent or less.

Under the new rules, only vessels with scrubbers installed will be allowed to have heavy fuel oil in their fuel tanks.

Dr. Thomas Koniordos, Head of Environmental Solutions at Yara said scrubbers are the most cost-effective option because they enable shipowners to continue operating on heavy fuel oil instead of more costly low-sulfur fuels.

“We estimate that the investment in a scrubber is repaid in two to five years, depending on fuel prices and consumption, due to lower operational costs. So any ship with a lifetime of five years or longer will always benefit from such an investment.

“Because they meet the strictest requirements, ships with scrubbers can operate anywhere. They also reduce owners’ exposure to an increased price spread between heavy fuel oil and low-sulfur fuels,” he explained.

Yara has installed over 100 scrubbers (as well as 1500 NOx abatement (SCR) systems) on ships and onshore factories and its system is certified in full compliance with regulatory requirements. The company offers both bespoke and standardized solutions.

Yara is making scrubbers smaller, easier to install, cheaper to operate, and even offers the ability to combine SOx and NOx reductions technologies on a single vessel. Yara’s system is suitable for any type of vessel and can be retrofitted or installed on newbuilds. Retrofits can be performed while a vessel is in operation in order to avoid downtime (assuming the vessel has multiple engines). Newbuild installations take a minimum of six months from signature to operation.

Kristin Nordal, Media Relations
Mobile: (+47) 90 01 55 50
E-mail: kristin.nordal(at)yara(dot)com

Dr. Thomas Koniordos, Head of Environmental Solutions
Phone: (+49) 151 11120231
E-mail: thomas.koniordos(at)yara(dot)com

About Yara Marine Technologies
Yara Marine Technologies offers complete emission control systems for Sox and NOx to the marine market.

The company was established in 2014 following the acquisition of Green Tech Marine, by global industrial chemical corporation Yara International. Green Tech Marine has since its origin in 2008 been a forerunner in the emission reduction technology industry being the first company offering the inline SOx scrubber to the marine segment.

Yara is also the largest supplier of NOx abatement equipment – Selective Catalytic Reduction Reactors (SCR) – in the world, with more than 1500 SCR systems installed since 2000. Installing Yara SCR systems allow marine customers to easily achieve reduction in NOx emissions by up to 99%. Whether ferries, seismic vessels, fishing travelers or supply vessels or yachts, Yara designs and delivers efficient and compact SCR systems that fit any vessel type.

About Yara
Yara’s knowledge, products and solutions grow farmers’, distributors’ and industrial customers’ businesses profitably and responsibly, while nurturing and protecting the earth’s resources, food and environment.

Our fertilizers, crop nutrition programs and technologies increase yields, improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. Our industrial and environmental solutions improve air quality by reducing emissions from industry and transportation, and serve as key ingredients in the production of a wide range of goods. We foster a culture that promotes the safety of our employees, contractors and societies.

Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, today, Yara has a worldwide presence, with close to 13,000 employees and sales to more than 150 countries.

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