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Wärtsilä Oyj Abp: Finnlines selects Wärtsilä systems to reduce Baltic Sea environmental impact

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 15 May 2014 at 10 am EET

With new stringent sulphur oxide (SOx) emission regulations due to be enforced
from January 2015, Finnlines has ordered Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Cleaning
Systems for six of its Baltic and North Sea fleet of vessels. By selecting
Wärtsilä scrubber systems, the vessels will be able to operate in compliance
with the new environmental regulations while continuing to operate on heavy
fuel oil. The Wärtsilä systems will also operate in compliance with the water
discharge criteria set by regulators.

Wärtsilä is the market leader in scrubber systems for the marine sector with
100 units installed or on order for 51 vessels. Wärtsilä was also the first
manufacturer to have been awarded the International Maritime Organization's
(IMO) certificate for exhaust gas cleaning systems by the classification
societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, and Bureau Veritas.

The Finnlines order, received in May 2014, calls for one Wärtsilä scrubber
system for each of the six vessels, with the two main engines on each vessel
being connected to a single integrated scrubber system. Both concept design
and basic design engineering services are included as needed for plan
approval by Class and Flag notations. The Wärtsilä equipment will be
delivered during November and December of this year. Furthermore, Wärtsilä
will support Finnlines during the installation phase by providing technical

"Environmental compliance and cost efficient operations are key factors in the
success of Finnlines. The installation of Wärtsilä scrubber systems on our
recent series of six modern Ro-Ro vessels is a major step in the
implementation of our strategy. The extensive experience that Wärtsilä has in
this area, together with the retrofit services the company can provide, will
greatly help us during the engineering and installation phases of this
programme," says Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO, Finnlines Plc.

"The new SOx emission regulations will notably reduce the marine industry's
environmental impact on the Baltic and the North Sea (including English
Channel). The Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems represent a very viable
retrofit option that enables owners and operators to comply with this
legislation. We have a very strong track record and considerable know-how in
integrating scrubber systems into existing vessel structures and machinery,
and look forward to working with Finnlines on this important project," says
Juha Kytölä, Vice President Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä.

The Wärtsilä Open Loop Scrubber Systems that have been selected for this
application utilise seawater to remove the SOx from the vessel's exhaust.
Chemicals are not required since the natural alkalinity of seawater
neutralises the acid created by the reaction of the SOx with water.

Finnlines is one of the largest North-European liner shipping companies,
providing sea transport services mainly in the Baltic and the North Sea. The
company is part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world's largest operators
of Ro-Ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in
Europe for both passengers and freight.

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Caption: Wärtsilä scrubber systems are selected for six modern Ro-Ro vessels of Finnlines.

Link to information about Wärtsilä scrubber systems on

For further information please contact:

Mr Juha Kytölä
Vice President Environmental Solutions
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Tel. +358 10 709 2590

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:

Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the
marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of
the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2013, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately
18,700 employees. The company has operations in nearly 200 locations in 70
countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki,
Wärtsilä Newsroom

Finnlines vessels


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Source: Wärtsilä Oyj Abp via Globenewswire


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