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Spliethoff preparing for sulphur cap

Spliethoff’s FLORAGRACHT has been fitted with a scrubber system at the BLRT shipyard in Klaipeda, Lithuania. In the coming period another 30 Spliethoff vessels will be similarly kitted out, as the line prepares for the global 0.5% sulphur cap that comes into force in 2020

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FLORAGRACHT is the 24th Spliethoff Group-owned vessel outfitted with a scrubber and over the years the company has therefore acquired significant experience with this technology.


In 2012, Spliethoff Group subsidiary Transfennica started by outfitting its six con-ro vessels with scrubbers. In 2014-2015 Spliethoff’s fourteen S-type vessels followed and at the same time sister-company Wijnne Barends fitted scrubbers in three of its C-type vessels. In the coming period scrubbers will be installed on thirty more vessels operated by Spliethoff, BigLift Shipping and Sevenstar Yacht Transport.


“Thanks to scrubbers and with the support of our customers, Spliethoff Group will lower the impact of shipping on the environment and at the same time cope in a cost-efficient way with the cost increase caused by the stricter sulphur regulations”, says Arne Hubregtse, technical director of Spliethoff Group. “As a member of the Trident Alliance, we hope authorities will show the same commitment by enforcing the sulphur rules.”


Spliethoff Group joined the Trident Alliance – a coalition of shipowners and -operators who share a common interest in robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about – in 2014. The main focus of the Trident Alliance is clear communication to raise awareness of possible weak enforcement of the marine sulphur regulations, supported by member companies’ transparency on compliance.


Spliethoff group covers dry cargo, breakbulk and project cargo (Spliethoff) project & heavy lifts (BigLift Shipping), containers and ro-ro cargo (Transfennica), shortsea (Wijnne Barends), yacht transport (Sevenstar Yacht Transport) and tonnage provider (Bore).

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