Mitsubishi Unveils Advanced SOx Abatement System

Japan’s Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) have jointly launched an advanced SOx abatement system suitable for very large container ships.

The parties informed that the system, named ACTIVE FUNNEL, contains an optimally shaped exhaust gas scrubbing structure which reduces sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the exhaust gas of 3.5%-sulfur-content fuels to that of 0.1%-sulfur-content fuels, conforming with newly introduced SOx emissions regulations coming into effect globally as of January 1, 2020.

“The ACTIVE FUNNEL is most suitable for very large container ships with high exhaust gas emissions and limited installation space for SOx abatement systems,” according to Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.

Image Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

The company explained that it can desulfurize large amounts of exhaust gas and its flexible design makes it possible to be installed even in narrow spaces between the container holds, while maintaining a vessel’s container capacity.

Additionally, the ACTIVE FUNNEL is suitable for installation on existing ships since it is provided as one module and has a short retrofitting period.

Going forward, the product lineup will be expanded by applying the new ACTIVE FUNNEL technology to very large crude carriers (VLCC) ranging 200,000-310,000 dwt, and very large ore carriers (VLOC).

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