Posted June 7, 2018
PortXL says marine scrubber technology leader Ionada BV has announced the signing of a Pilot Agreement with Van Oord to conduct trials of Ionada’s Semi-Dry Scrubbing technology onboard the Van Oord Lelystad, a hopper dredger. The Pilot trials will consist of the retrofitting of one of the Lelystad’s two main engines with Ionada’s Semi-Dry scrubbing system. The Pilot commissioning and sea trials are scheduled to be completed by fourth quarter of 2018.
“We would like to thank Job Voormolen, Engineering Manager Van Oord, as well as the rest of the technical team at Van Oord for providing the operational expertise and financial support for the Pilot Project.” said Ionada President, Edoardo Panziera. “We look forward to completing the commissioning of the Semi-Dry Scrubber later this year. This installation represents the world’s first marine SOx scrubber using Semi-Dry nanotechnology absorbents” continued Edoardo Panziera.
Ionada was selected by PortXL, World Port Accelerator, as a finalist on February 13, 2018. “We are very grateful for all the scale up support provided by the accelerator support team at PortXL, especially Mare Straetmans and Carolien Vat-Sandee who played key roles in securing the Pilot Agreement with Van Oord” commented Edoardo Panziera.
With the introduction of Ionada’s Semi Dry Scrubbers, shipowners can achieve the benefits of 50 % fuel cost savings while complying to the IMO 2020 0.5 % sulfur emissions regulations. Ionada’s Semi-Dry Scrubbers has numerous advantages over traditional seawater scrubbers including no structural renovations, no sea water or washwater. Ionada is now offering shipowners an Exhaust Gas Cleaning (EGC) Service where shipowners only pay for the fuel cleaned. The EGC Service saves millions in capital costs, and completely de-risks scrubber purchases for the shipowners.
A formal signing ceremony is scheduled at PortXL’s Shakedown Event, for Thursday June 14, 2018.
Van Oord is a Dutch family-owned company with 150 years of experience as an international marine contractor. The focus is on dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. In 2017, Van Oord recorded a turnover of more than EUR 1.5 billion. Its head office is in Rotterdam. Van Oord employs approximately 4,500 staff, who worked in 2017 on 180 projects in 42 countries. The fleet consists of more than one hundred vessels. Marine ingenuity is characteristic of Van Oord. By using innovative, smart and sustainable solutions, they want to contribute to a better world for future generations. In 2018, the company is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
PortXL is the first World Port Accelerator and unique in its kind. We partner with leading companies, organizations and individuals around the globe, from Singapore, Houston to Piraeus. Our aim is to accelerate innovative companies in ports worldwide.
Ionada BV is a global technology leader in air emission and water treatment technologies, focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing marine Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). Ionada’s mission is to provide emission abatement technologies that not only keep our air and waters clean, but provide a financial benefit to our customers.