Alfa Laval said its FCM Methanol will be the low-flashpoint fuel system (LFSS) on six 1,170 TEU container ships ordered by X-Press Feeders Group 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.

Peter Nielsen, President of Alfa Laval Marine Separation & Heat Transfer Equipment, said: “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.

Because methanol technology is new to shipbuilding, yards are adopting 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 benefits are just as important to engineering companies and shipbuilders. From integration to operation, the FCM Methanol simplifies the work with this new green fuel.