On January 11, 2017, the Consulate-General of Panama in Tokyo presented the Certificate for the Control System of Emission of Sulfur Oxides Gas, known as “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System”, which was officially approved by Panamanian Government.
“Hybrid Sox Scrubber System” was developed by the Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) and installed on a ship of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line, hereinafter) with the purpose of reducing the emission of the pollution substance, such as Sulfur Oxides.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided to tighten regulations on the amount of the Sulfur Oxides for maritime fuels of the ships. However, the ships that will install the “Hybrid Sox Scrubber System” will be able to continue using actual fuels, due to this filtration system.
Class NK, Ship Classification Foundation in Tokyo and the Consulate-General of Panama, have been working jointly for more than 2 years in order to comply with international standards for the approval of the purification system in mention.
The “Drive Green Highway” of K-Line with Panamanian flag has turned into the first ship made in Japan, which has installed this innovative system, targeting to contribute on the global environment conservation.
The presentation of the certificate was taken place by H.E. Ritter N. Díaz, Ambassador of Panama to Japan, in the conference room of the Embassy of Panama, with the participation of Mr. Tetsuya Kinoshita, Executive Vice President of ClassNK, Mr. Eiji Kadono, Managing Executive Officer and Mr. Toyohisa Nakano, Executive Officer of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mr. Masao Nakamura, Division Director, Machinery Business Division of Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd., Mr. Akira Zaitsu, Director of Ship & Ocean Engineering Department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Eng. Samuel Guevara, Chief of SEGUMAR Office in Tokyo.