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sulphur scrubbing

sulphur scrubbing

Krystallon in partnership with P&O Ferries awarded for environmental protection

The Pride of Kent ferry on our Dover – Calais service is unique in that it is fitted with pioneering equipment to scrub out harmful exhaust emissions from one of the ship’s auxiliary engines. This includes removing sulphur oxide (SO2) which is the pollutant linked to acid rain. 

Working in partnership with specialist marine engineering company Krystallon, we believe this could be the way forward to clean emissions from ships, instead of relying on using cleaner fuels from the refineries.  The benefit of this approach is that cleaner fuels tend to be produced by a more extensive refining process, and the further refining uses huge quantities of energy, which harms the environment.

The sulphur scrubber on the Pride of Kent has seen sulphur emissions reduced by 98 per cent since the trial began. Krystallon is now scaling up the tests with operators of larger ships to develop this technology further.

We’re proud to have supported the initial development of this new technology, which raises the tantalising prospect of one day being able to have full control over emissions from ship exhausts.

In 2007 the Krystallon installation on the Pride of Kent gained international acclaim when it won the top award for marine and atmospheric protection at the Seatrade Awards ceremony.