February 29, 2016 – On February 25th, a technical meeting, concerning the basic engineering studies of the potential retrofitting of the ferry Lobo Marinho and the containership Funchalense 5 of Grupo Sousa, which engineering studies are part of the GAINN4MOS project co-financed by the CEF Programme of the European Commission, took place in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal). Grupo Sousa, Steer Mar, Gestlider and Fundación Valenciaport participated in the meeting.
During this working session, Grupo Sousa and Steer Mar explained the different alternatives that they are analysing for the vessels Lobo Marinho and Funchalense 5 to comply with upcoming environmental regulation. The preliminary studies that have been carried out incorporate several technical options for the retrofitting of both vessels: installing scrubbers onboard and continuing using IFO 180 as a fuel for Lobo Marinho and IFO 380 for Funchalense 5; retrofitting the main engine to LNG dual fuel; retrofitting the port generator; and retrofitting both the main engine and the port generator. All of these options have been compared with the “do nothing” scenario where both vessels will use MDO as marine fuel. The basic engineering studies that will be carried out in 2016 for both ships will analyse one or several of these retrofitting options in more detail.