MULTI.engineering was contacted by a Belgian customer to carry out a study to enable a bulk carrier to be provided with a scrubber. A scrubber is fitted in a ship’s funnel. It is an air cleaning installation used to ‘scrub’ the emission gases from the ship, so to speak. The gas flow is brought into contact with atomized water with the purpose of greatly reducing the sulfur level in the emission gases.
Our design and engineering office detailed this retrofit using all the plans, a 3D scan of the engine room and information from the supplier of the scrubber.
The challenge is mainly down to the fact that existing ships are not fitted out for the addition of new installations. It accordingly appeared that the scrubber did not fit in the ship’s funnel. The necessary adaptations then had to be made taking account of the strength of the existing and new construction.
Work was also needed to find a way to lay the pipes to and from the scrubber in the existing situation. This hurdle was also overcome thanks to close cooperation with the customer.
MULTI also took care of support for the scrubber supplier. It had indeed never provided an installation for maritime purposes. Our experience in this field meant any obstacles could be identified and successfully tackled.
The work description for the site used for the preparation of the work was also taken care of by MULTI. With this work description and the information from the study, the ship can proceed to the dock in June and the work can start.
MULTI.engineering will also provide the necessary support during this phase. Our expert will supervise the project on-site in the capacity of superintendent.