Alfa Laval technology is playing a leading role in the marine industry’s transition to carbon-neutral green methanol. In this year’s largest methanol order to date, Alfa Laval’s FCM Methanol will be the low-flashpoint fuel system (LFSS) for six dual-fuel container ships. The system was chosen for both its real-world performance and its great design flexibility.

Decisive in the switch to methanol
Alfa Laval will supply methanol LFSS for six 1,170 TEU container ships ordered by X-Press Feeders member Eastaway. The new series of vessels, which will be built at Chinese shipyards Ningbo Xinle Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd and New Dayang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, will be equipped with two-stroke MAN B&W ME-LGIM engines capable of running on methanol as well as to conventional fuels. Deliveries of FCM Methanol will begin in June 2023.

“Alfa Laval is proud to have been chosen for this important 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 at the forefront of the transition to carbon neutral operations. Methanol is a major step forward on the path to decarbonization, and FCM Methanol can help shipowners take the leap.

Adaptable and proven at sea
Because methanol technology is a new element in shipbuilding, shipyards adopt different configurations depending on their learning curve. Given the complexity and scale of this project, the shipyards hired engineering companies to procure and integrate the methanol-related components. FCM Methanol was selected because of its unique flexibility and Alfa Laval’s extensive experience with methanol.

With mature technologies and reliable automation, the FCM Methanol safely delivers methanol within the flow, pressure, temperature and filtration parameters specified by the engine manufacturer. Because it can be adapted to any engine and vessel design, it allows turnkey LFSS deliveries for easy installation. Since 2015, the system has been chosen in almost 20 methanol projects for more than 10 major shipping companies.

“Over the years at sea, FCM Methanol has established a leading position in the industry,” says Viktor Friberg, Alfa Laval marine separation and fuel systems manager. “Shipowners can rely on its proven automation to keep methanol operations safe, but the design advantages are equally important to engineering companies and shipbuilders. From integration to operation, the FCM Methanol simplifies the work with this new green fuel.

It’s Alfa Laval
Alfa Laval is a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid processing, and is active in the energy, marine and food and water sectors, offering its expertise, its products and services to a wide range of industries in some 100 countries. . The company is committed to optimizing processes, creating responsible growth and driving progress to help customers achieve their business goals and sustainability goals.

Alfa Laval’s innovative technologies are dedicated to the purification, refining and reuse of materials, promoting a more responsible use of natural resources. They help improve energy efficiency and heat recovery, improve water treatment and reduce emissions. In this way, Alfa Laval not only accelerates the success of its customers, but also that of people and the planet. Make the world a better place, every day.

Alfa Laval has 17,900 employees. Annual sales in 2021 were 40.9 billion SEK (about 4 billion euros). The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.