Vancouver Port Authority says ship fuel additive cuts emissions
The Vancouver Port Authority and Seaboard International Shipping Company said Wednesday they've received promising results from tests conducted on a sea-going vessel using a fuel additive, CombustAll, that might reduce harmful air emissions from ships.
CombustAll, produced by Vancouver-based Catalyst Energy Inc., was tested in the diesel engines of Seaboard's vessel, 'The Skaubryn,' on a voyage from Vancouver to Japan in July, and on a separate voyage from San Francisco to Vancouver Island in September.
Results showed reductions in particulate matter emissions of 45.5 percent, carbon monoxide 5.9 percent, and nitrogen oxides 5 percent, the port and Seaboard said.
Those pollutants are all considered major contributors to smog and air pollution in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Similar tests were conducted earlier in 2005 on the diesel generators of the Skaubryn while at berth, with equally positive results.