Alfa Laval fuel systems for methanol vessels

By Mike Brezonick15 August 2022

In its largest methanol order this year, Alfa Laval said it will supply its FCM Methanol fuel supply system (LFSS) on six dual-fuel container vessels. The low flashpoint fuel supply systems (LFSS) will be used on six 1170 TEU container vessels ordered by Eastaway, a member of the X-Press Feeders Group.

Alfa Laval’s FCM Methanol fuel system Alfa Laval’s FCM Methanol fuel system. (Photo: Alfa Laval)

The new vessel series, to be built at Chinese shipyards Ningbo Xinle Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd and New Dayang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, will have two-stroke MAN B&W ME-LGIM engines that can run on methanol as well as conventional fuels. The FCM Methanol deliveries will begin in June 2023.

“Alfa Laval is proud to be chosen for this significant methanol project,” said Peter Nielsen, president, Alfa Laval Marine Separation & Heat Transfer Equipment. “With their ability to sail on green methanol, these vessels will be front-runners in the move to carbon-neutral operations.

“Methanol is a major advance on the path to decarbonization, and the FCM Methanol can be instrumental for shipowners in making the leap.”

Because methanol technology is a new element in shipbuilding, yards adopt different setups to suit their learning curve. Given the complexity and scope in this project, the yards have hired engineering companies to procure and integrate the methanol-related components. Alfa Laval said the FCM Methanol was selected due to its unique flexibility and Alfa Laval’s extensive methanol experience.

The FCM Methanol system is designed to safely supply methanol within the flow rate, pressure, temperature and filtration parameters specified by the engine manufacturer. Because it can be adapted to any engine and vessel design, it enables turnkey LFSS deliveries for easy installation, Alfa Laval said and since 2015, the system has been chosen in nearly 20 methanol projects for more than 10 large shipping companies.

“Over years at sea, the FCM Methanol has established a leading position in the industry,” said Alfa Laval’s Viktor Friberg, head of Marine Separation & Fuel Supply Systems. “Shipowners can count on its proven automation to keep methanol operations safe and secure, but the design advantages are equally strong for engineering companies and shipbuilders. From integration to operation, the FCM Methanol makes it simpler to work with this new green fuel.”

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