Minoan lines to install scrubbers on Crete ferries ahead of compliance deadline

FESTOS PALACE, ONE OF THE THREE SHIPS SERVING LINES TO AND FROM CRETE THAT ARE TO RECEIVE SCRUBBERS. via Lloyd's List

Minoan Lines owner, Grimaldi Group has started installing scrubbers on three of its ferries ahead of compliance deadline date of  January 1, 2020. Grimaldi says this will make Minoan the first operator in Greek coastal shipping to comply with the new emission reduction requirements.

The company has changed its itineraries on the Pireaus – Chania – Heraklion route until 21 December to accommodate the work.

Scrubbers are pollution control devices that are used to remove some particulates and gases from exhaust streams. removing about 90% of the sulphur dioxide using sea water to absorb gases.  They have the added benefit of removing about 70% of particulate matter which is also harmful to health.

Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has also unveiled its plans to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean between Turkey, Italy, Greece and France.

For more information on the timetables of Minoan Lines, passengers are advised to contact their travel agent; the Minoan Lines Central Agencies at 801-11-75000 and 18175 (landline and cell phones), or the company’s offices in Heraklion 2810-399899, 2810-229602; Piraeus 210-4145744; Athens 210 3376910; Souda 6972-552661, 28210-81276, and Chania 28210-45911-12.