French company claims its filtered ferry engine tackles air pollution

Marseille, home to ferries, container ships, and cruise ships, has recently experienced increased smog. The maritime industry is regarded to be primarily blamed for the issue.

The employment of so-called “scrubbing” technology, which involves spraying water into exhaust plumes to trap some contaminants, is preferred by some ship owners. However, environmentalists have drawn attention to the fact that water is frequently released into the ocean after that.

Meanwhile, some companies are developing electric and sail-powered ships, and others are testing cleaner liquefied natural gas (LNG) or methanol-powered engines to overcome air pollution.

Regulators and tightening industry standards are putting pressure on shipping companies to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gasses and pollutants into the atmosphere, but environmental campaigners want faster action.

Le Piana already complies with new standards that will go into effect in 2025 to limit the sulfur content in marine fuels in the Mediterranean to 0.1 percent, Reverchon claimed.

Nine million fatalities are attributed to air pollution worldwide each year, according to Atmosud, France’s regional air quality monitoring body. “Air pollution has an annual economic impact on France of about 100 billion euros ( around 99 billion USD), mostly in the form of increased health care costs.”

UN warns

The United Nations (UN) issued a statement on Wednesday, the eve of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, stressing the need for collective accountability and action.

Leave a Comment