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11 December 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 17:41 GMT+1



November 21, 2019

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Superfast Ferries will install scrubber on the ferry in service between Ancona, Igoumenitsa and Patrasso

Initiative in the within of the Ancona Blue Agreement undersigned in 2018 from the navigation company. Ready also the other companies that climb to Ancona

The company of navigation Superfast Ferries of the Greek group Attica will install on board scrubber for the discouragement of the emissions of the Superfast ship XI in service between the ports of Ancona, Igoumenista and Patrasso. Thanks to the seven scrubber for purification of installed gases of drainage on the engines and the generators of the ferry it will be possible to pull down until 0.1% the sulfur content of the atmospheric emissions, very beneath of the limit of previewed 0.5% from the European and international normative new. Moreover the advance technology of the scrubber will allow to collect microplastic particles, avoiding some the dispersion in sea.

The initiative frames in the within of the Ancona Blue Agreement undersigned in 2018 from the company, voluntary agreement proposed from the Harbour office of Ancona and the Authority of Harbour System of the Sea Adriatic Central with the objective to in urban areas contain the levels of pollution of the marchigiano chief town. "We are - Andrea Morandi has remembered, managing director of marine agency Morandi that is general agent of Superfast Ferries in Italy - the only company of active navigation in the Adriatic between Italy and Greece to have joined with Blue enthusiasm to the Ancona Agreement. We have made 12 months ago, with wide advance payment on the communitarian norm that will take effect from first January 2020. The seven scrubber that they will be installed they are the consequence of this agreement and the concrete test of our attention for the atmosphere in which we live: its protection is a moral duty, as well as a great opportunity of development".

Besides the Superfast, also the company of Adria Ferries navigation will install scrubber on own present fleet to Ancona, constituted from the ships ships AF Marina and AF Claudia, for the discouragement of the emissions very beyond the threshold of law besides to reduce the particulate matter presence. Analogous chosen Euromed on own ferries Cruise Europe and Cruise Olympia is carried out by the Grimaldi company on which it is still in course the installation of the scrubber. This last ship, at the moment in yard, own for the insertion of these devices of mitigation, temporary is replaced by the ferry Mykonos Palace, already equipped with four scrubber on the main engines. The other companies Anek and Snav that scale the port of Ancona will for the time being use the fuel previewed from the new norms having already characterized the supplier of the bunker. Also Jadrolinja has confirmed its engagement for the sustainability since already for a long time it uses, is in navigation that in pause, diesel oil to 0.1% of sulfur.

The point on the participations that the navigation companies that they carry out ports of call to the port of Ancona will put in existence in sight of first January 2020, date of effectiveness of the new norms on the emissions of the ships, is made in a reunion convened from the Authority of Harbour System of Mare Adriatico Centrale and from the Harbour office of Ancona. To the encounter, the representatives of crocieristica company MSC Cruises have carried the contribution of the company regarding the thematic ones of the emissions having announced that, from next the first January all the ships of the group have already guaranteed supplying to fuel with tenor of the maximum sulfur to 0.5% in navigation and fuel to 0.1% in port. Also this company has in course the progressive installation of systems scrubber on own fleet.

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