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SCRUBBERS: Armorique & Pont-Aven Pics

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Those kind folks at BF Towers have sent through some images of what the Armorique & Pont-Aven will look like once they have been scrubbed up in the New Year. Armorique will be heading to Santander, whilst Pont-Aven will be travelling up to Gdansk once again (too large for Santander).

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I think the use of the grilles rather than solid steel works well both for weight and aesthetics particularly in view of what they intend to bolt on to the Pont'. That's a large area!

 

Well done BF, two more thoughtful projects.

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Those kind folks at BF Towers have sent through some images of what the Armorique & Pont-Aven will look like once they have been scrubbed up in the New Year. Armorique will be heading to Santander, whilst Pont-Aven will be travelling up to Gdansk once again (too large for Santander).

 

 

The Armoriques work will essentially, at least visually, centralise the funnel. I think a lot of people will be happy to see her less 'wonky' !

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This is all just nuts, in order to reduce toxic sulphur emmisions into the air they are capturing the sulphur as suphuric acid and discharging it into the sea. Now a major global warming problem is acidification of the sea..... This is really going to make the fleet green.

 

Rhys

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This is all just nuts, in order to reduce toxic sulphur emmisions into the air they are capturing the sulphur as suphuric acid and discharging it into the sea. Now a major global warming problem is acidification of the sea..... This is really going to make the fleet green.

 

Rhys

 

I didn't know the sulphuric acid was being discharged into the sea?

Seawater is slightly alkaline anyway therefore neutralising the acidity of the sulphuric acid.

 

See here: http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/blog/post/47922/Scrubber-Technology-for-Our-Ships---How-Does-it-Work

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The BF link is partly incorrect in its information as it states that the sulphur dioxide reacts with the water to form sulphuric acid. Water plus sulphur dioxide gives a weak acid, sulphurous acid, not the stronger sulphuric acid.

 

However, if oxygen is present when washing the sulphur dioxide, it will form sulphuric acid. Given that the scrubber process is washing a gas, there will probably be air present, so some sulphuric acid could be formed.

 

I expect the effluent from the scrubber process has been tested to see what is being produced!

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This is all just nuts, in order to reduce toxic sulphur emmisions into the air they are capturing the sulphur as suphuric acid and discharging it into the sea. Now a major global warming problem is acidification of the sea..... This is really going to make the fleet green.

 

Rhys

 

 

I am sure BF would rather have not spent tens of millions of pounds altogether. They are only doing what is required. It is nuts, but not BFs fault. It all has to go somewhere. Similarly, it was a European directive to begin, however, some operators (haulage) are choosing to drive through France instead of taking longer sea routes due to the cost, so therefore the trucks give all that extra CO2 back into the atmosphere, right over the middle of the country. Imagine if the regulations were to change again, and say that all scrubbers had to be closed loop - what, just pay another twenty or thirty million changing over when the EU clicks it's fingers. It was poorly thought out to start. Frankly I don't know how less well funded operators are going to manage, especially in a few years when EVERYONE has to comply, not just certain zones. More so, how will it be enforced? Will a helicopter drop a measuring stick down the funnel of every single Chinese cargo ship entering the channel waters?!

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Brittany Ferries 'Armorique' at the Astander Shipyard in Santander (24/01/16), where work to fit the new Scrubbers is well underway. Thanks to Jose Luis Diaz Campa for use of the photos.

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Looks good. Has the pont even started

 

Yes, work has been started on Pont-Aven but she's not in the drydock yet. There is a lot more work being done to her than just the scrubbers.

 

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Great pictures thanks Tony.

What other works is the Pont Aven having done?

 

 

'Pont-Aven' is having her scrubbers fitted, as we know. Also having a refit and usual overhaul (Engines etc...)

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The best pics we've seen so far, thanks to Tony & svfa. These allow the layman to fully appreciate the size of the job, not just in fitting but also the intricacies of the quayside fabrication of a newly designed funnel. To have three separate works to be done together, overhaul, refit & scrubbers is an immense undertaking. Impressive.

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