The Cleanest Ship Project shows shipping emissions can be drastically reduced

The Cleanest Ship Project is proving that the application of higher specification fuel and exhaust treatment solutions can drastically reduce shipping emissions. While this sounds like common sense the Cleanest Ship Project is the first time I’ve heard of it being put into practice.

The ship that has undergone modification is the MV Victoria. She is a motor tank vessel owned by BP and operates in the inland waterways in the Port of Rotterdam and Antwerp areas.

Motor Vessel Victoria

The emission reduction techniques utilized on the project are the Advising Tempomaat (ATM) economy optimisation system (Techno Fysica), low sulphur fuel, selective catalytic reduction and particulate matter filters.

The ATM advises the skipper on the most economical combination of route and speed, enabling the vessel to arrive on time with a most efficient use of fuel.

The low sulphur fuel equal to European road standard diesel and is a precondition for application of particulate matter filters and efficient reduction of SOX emissions, which are directly related to the sulphur content of the fuel.

The Nauticlean S system (Hug Engineering) combines a soot filter and a selective catalytic reduction system in the same reactor. The filter is equipped with a diesel full-flow regenerative burner.

Expected savings per year:

Fuel consumption 7%
Production of CO2 7%
Production of SOx 99%
Production of NOx 92%
Production of PM 98%

The ongoing results can be viewed here. At the time of writing the ATM was not reporting CO2 emissions but the savings in the other categories are impressive.

Source: Cleanest Ship Project via EU