PFN member in Finland doesn’t always transport to or from Finland. FREJA in Finland handled a project which includes combined transports of scrubbers from Poland to a shipyard in Turkey.
Scrubbers (Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, EGCS) are used to remove harmful components, such as sulphur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gasses of ship engines.
“This time the challenge was not the weight but the dimensions of the scrubbers”, Project Director Tom Lunabba says.
During the project, seven scrubbers with a dimension of 950 x 650 x 450 cm each, were transported by road and then by sea. The scrubbers’ journey took about three weeks. Road transport took the first two (2) days with specialized transport equipment to the port of Gdynia. From there, the journey continued as sea freight to its destination port in Turkey, where it was delivered a shipyard.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a sulphur content limit for emissions. From the 1st of January 2020, the maximum sulphur content of marine fuels was reduced to 0.5% (down from 3.5%) globally. Two years ago, the IMO also agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050.
Finland is one of the biggest players in the scrubber system markets, among Sweden, Norway, and the USA.