DFDS will invest more than EUR 40 million in 2019 to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean between Turkey, Italy, Greece and France. The investment will ensure compliance with the new global rules that aim to reduce sulphur emissions through limiting sulphur content in marine fuel oil to 0.5% from 2020, or through other means, such as scrubbers.
The investment decision is based on the scrubber strategy that was applied in 2015 for the transition to the 0.1% sulphur content limit for DFDS’ ferry route network in northern Europe. This strategy has proven to be a success from both an environmental, operational and business perspective.
In line with DFDS’ CSR policy and to comply with IMO’s (International Maritime Organisation) upcoming regulation, hybrid scrubbers were chosen as the optimal solution for the fleet in the Mediterranean. The 12 scrubbers will be supplied by ME Production, a Danish developer and manufacturer of customised emission reduction systems for marine applications, that DFDS has cooperated with previously.