Wärtsilä 34DF engine awarded EPA Tier III certification in diesel mode
The technology group Wärtsilä announces another milestone achievement with regard to its Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine. The 34DF engine has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier III certification for diesel mode operation when installed together with the Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR) system. The Wärtsilä NOR is a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system that converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) with the aid of a catalyst into diatomic nitrogen (N2) and water.
Wärtsilä is the first engine manufacturer to be awarded this certification. With the award, shipyards now need only a single party to certify both the engine and the SCR system for full compliance with the latest emission regulations. The Wärtsilä 34DF has already been awarded EPA Tier III certification of emissions compliance from the EPA in 2017 for operating in gas mode without an SCR system.
“This is a very meaningful achievement since it allows operators complete fuel flexibility when sailing in NOx emission control areas. It represents further validation of Wärtsilä’s technological leadership in working towards greater environmental sustainability and a cleaner shipping industry,” said Stefan Wiik, Vice President, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
The EPA Tier III NOx requirements entered into force in 2016 for Category 3 engine sizes (engines with a cylinder displacement at or above 30 liter/cylinder) to be installed in U.S.-flagged or -registered vessels.
At the same time, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) NOx Tier III requirements also entered into force in North American and U.S. Caribbean emission control areas (ECAs) from January 2016 for vessels with a keel-laying date on or after January 1, 2016 and an engine output of ≥ 130kW.
The Wärtsilä 34DF engine is now certified for both the EPA Tier III and the IMO Tier III emission standards in diesel mode operation when installed together with the Wärtsilä NOx Reducer SCR system, as well as in gas mode without exhaust after-treatment.