Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Horizon Installing Scrubbers on Alaska Ships

By Mark Edward Nero

Horizon Lines Inc. said Jan. 9 that it has entered into a supply agreement with Dutch marine supplier Alfa Laval Aalborg Nijmegen BV for design and procurement of PureSox 2.0 exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) for is three D7-class vessels that operate in the Alaska trade.

The multiple inlet hybrid system, which would clean the exhaust gas from the main engine as well as the main generators, is the first system of its kind for a Jones Act container vessel. Horizon said it expects to incur a total of about $18 million of capital spending in connection with the three vessels.

Installation of the first system is planned to begin on the Horizon Kodiak in September 2015, and completion of the project is expected by December 31, 2016.

Horizon also says it has received a conditional waiver from the US Coast Guard and US Environmental Protection Agency allowing it to operate the three D7 ships in the North American ECA on low-sulfur heavy fuel while it pursues installation of the scrubbers.

Horizon says that the scrubber systems will be developed and installed in close coordination with Alfa Laval, the American Bureau of Shipping, and the US regulatory agencies.

In a news release, Horizon said it “values the partnership” with the EPA and the USCG in supporting the advancement of the exhaust gas cleaning systems project, and “looks forward to sharing the knowledge and experience gained during the evolution of this project with the maritime industry.”

Horizon Lines announced Nov. 11 that it has entered into a merger agreement under which Matson Inc. is to acquire the stock of Horizon, including its Alaska operations and the assumption of all non-Hawaii business liabilities.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have already approved the transaction; it is expected to close later in 2015.