The EU DIRECTIVE 2016/802 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 implements the new legislation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning the reduction of the sulfur content of certain liquid fuels. The aforementioned IMO regulation, destined to change the world of shipping on a global level, will come into force starting from 1 January 2020.
Until today ships can use fuel with a sulfur presence that can reach a maximum of 3.5% mass / mass (corresponding to the grams of sulfur dissolved in 100 grams of fuel). From 1 January 2020, due to the new European legislation, this limit, the so-called "Sulfur Cap", will be reduced up to a maximum of 0.5%.
GRIMALDI GROUP, in keeping with its mission of eco-sustainability of maritime and intermodal transport and taking into account the low average age of its fleet, has chosen to equip most of its ships with exhaust gas scrubbers, which involves for the Group a total investment of over 300 million euros.
The benefits of the choice made by Grimaldi Group are many; the use of scrubbers will allow the Grimaldi fleet not only to always be technologically advanced and ever greener, but will also ensure in the coming years to remain constantly in compliance with increasingly stringent environmental regulations, thus allowing to reduce emissions of Co2, the particulate matter and the sulfur dioxide itself even at 1/5 of the limits imposed by the directive itself.
Grimaldi Lines (translated)