Belgian engine builder ABC first to receive EU Stage V emission certificate

Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), a medium speed engine manufacturer located in Ghent, Belgium, has received the official EU Stage V certificate for its DZC type engines. ABC is the first medium speed engine manufacturer to get Stage V certified.

EU Stage V is the latest emission standard according to EU2016/1628. This standard limits the emission of nitrogen oxides and particles (soot) to very low values. This applies to all NRMM (Non Road Mobile Machinery) including inland navigation.

Engine range up to 4000 kW

For new main and auxiliary engines with a power above 300 kW, the Stage V emission requirement came into force on the 1st of January 2020. This applies to all inland navigation engines for new builds as well as for repowering. The EU stage V engines for inland navigation are divided into several categories: IWP and IWA. ABC has a Stage V solution for both categories in an engine range up to 4000 kW. Because the engine and the aftertreatment system are perfectly aligned, the outcome is a strong emission reduction and a considerable additional fuel saving.

According to ABC, seagoing vessels can also make use of this development. These ships are currently regulated by less strict emission standards, but some operators consciously choose to further reduce their emissions. As a result of this development, they can meet the stricter ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vessel) standards.

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Short chain

‘As a Belgian company, we are very proud of being the first in this segment to obtain a Stage V certificate,’ says Yannick Loulidi, development engineer EATS at ABC. ‘It was a challenge to go through the entire project. For EU Stage V we do not only have to meet certain emission requirements, but there are also very specific standards for monitoring the system. On top of that, there is also a follow-up of the engines during the production and implementation process. Our big advantage is that we combine the entire production, development and testing phase at the same facility in Ghent. This ensures a very short chain that allows us to monitor directly if necessary.’

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.