Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Installation

2 SCR systems retrofitted on a luxury cruise ship while in drydock (total engines power output: 10.600 kW)

The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) present in the exhaust gas into harmless diatomic nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O) emissions and can be retrofitted on board vessels either during the drydock or in operation.

A reductant urea (Carbamide) solution is stored in a dedicated tank and added to the exhaust gas stream thanks to compressed air-driven dosing pumps.  Then the gases with the added urea solution pass through a catalyst which converts their chemical composition.

The SCR Integration Retrofit includes the installation of the equipment, the conversion or addition of a dedicated tank, pipelines, valves, drains, fittings, and control cabinet integrated of course with automation on board

Key Installation stages are:

Demolition of existing economizers and relevant exhaust lines with scrap removal, cleaning of debris and area to be kept safe and clean

Installation of the new SCR equipment, supplied in pieces and to be assembled in place (including feasibility study and installation design, rigging, assembly, foundation, and anti-vibration mountings)

Installation of pumps, dosing units, compressors and control units, pressure transmitters, temperature and gas sensors and electrical connections

Supply and installation of AISI 316L piping for the urea and compressed air circuits from/to the new/converted urea tank

Supply and installation of insulation in way of renewed exhaust gas lines and SCR equipment

Assistance for commissioning

Key facts:

  • 45 days retrofit period
  • 2 tons of new exhaust gases ducts
  • 8 tons equipment weight
  • 40+ square meters of steel work (new catwalk gratings and supports)
  • 1,5 tons equipment foundations
  • 200+ meters of additional steel profiles and pipes for equipment integration
  • 120+ square meters of insulation
  • 1000+ project management WH
  • 6500+ manpower WH
  • 250+ meters of stainless-steel pipes
  • 20+ pipe penetrations
  • 1000+ meters of electric cables
  • 25+ material shipments on board
  • close cooperation with OEM during all project phases

Main challenges:

  • A fast-track project with limited design available at project start
  • Short time from order placing to execution
  • Logistic management and coordination with all stakeholders
  • Coordination with shipyard and other contractors due to extensive retrofit operations carried out at the same time in close areas

The job was completed with 0 incidents and no lost time.

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Installation

For further information:
Matteo Di Maio

Phone: +33 678630524


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