The ERS combines soot filters with a selective catalytic reduction system (Source: Damen)

Damen awarded EU Stage V certification for emissions reduction system

Damen Shipyards has become the first shipyard group to be awarded EU Stage V certification for its emission reduction dystem (ERS). The ERS combines soot filters with a selective catalytic reduction system to remove particulate matter and nitrogen oxides (NOx), the company said.

The certification means that Damen can now offer its customers a proven ERS that meets the requirements of IMO Tier III, ultra-low emission vessel (ULEV) standards, and EU Stage V regulations.

The company explained that developing an effective ERS had been a top priority since many of its vessels are deployed in harbours and waterways close to populous regions where air quality is an issue of particular concern. The ERS is intended both for main engines and auxiliary machinery with outputs ranging from 300 kW to 700 kW.

Damen has worked closely with Bureau Veritas on system development. Raymond Watson, the company’s Technology Specialist Aftertreatment Systems, said: “Our ERS goes beyond the parameters set by the regulators to ensure that they are robust and flexible. For example, they are designed to work with all standard fuels to ensure worldwide operability, and their modular design means that they can be installed on all types of vessel, matched to the specific operating profile of each.”

The company revealed that it is now working on the ERS certification process for a range of propulsion trains with outputs “up to more than 4,000 kW, and all will be available soon as IMO Tier III, ULEV andd EU Stage V certified systems for both newbuild and retrofit vessels”.

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