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Alfa Laval Keeps It Clean

Company continues marine segment penetration; systems to be installed on RoRo vessels

Posted on May 20, 2014

Alfa Laval has won an order to retrofit Alfa Laval PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems onboard four vessels. The order, which comes from a new customer in Germany, has a value of approximately US$11.4 million and delivery is scheduled for 2015.

Alfa Laval, a global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its technologies of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, said its products are used in numerous applications including power plants, aboard ships, in the mechanical engineering and mining industries, and for wastewater treatment, among others.

The order comprises hybrid systems for four RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessels, enabling the switch between open and closed loop.

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) convention for the reduction of sulphur oxides (SOx) will affect all vessels, both new and existing. The convention demands that sulphur emissions levels in certain Emission Control Areas (ECAs) shall be cut to 0.1% from the year 2015, and that the global emissions level must not exceed 0.5% from the year 2020.

Alfa Laval said that to reach these levels, ship owners can either use more expensive low-sulphur fuel or, on vessels where it is suitable, continue to run the ship on heavy fuel oil (HFO) and invest in a scrubber such as the company’s PureSOx.