SAL Heavy Lift has become the world’s first shipping company that has taken up a new hydrogen/methanol technology to its fleet.
FUELSAVE GmbH developed injection technology, not only reduces the emission of CO2, SOx, NOx and other particles but also makes way for more eco-friendly and energy efficient shipping.
The new and advanced FS MARINE+ hydrogen/methanol injection solution has reached the next stage of validation after over four years of joint efforts, testing and development by SAL and FUELSAVE GmbH along with the project stakeholders EcoTune Marine, Classification Society DNV GL as RO for Antigua and Barbuda flag, Carl Baguhn, MAN Energy Solutions, M.A.C. System Solutions, AVL and the flag state administration of Germany. Following this, it will become a permanent installment for six SAL vessels.
With the dynamic inlet of a mix of hydrogen, oxygen, water, and methanol into some chosen parts of the air intake of both the main engine and the auxiliary engines, the FS MARINE+ system makes sure that the combustion process is clean and thorough. This will lead to a decrease in the consumption of fuel with a reduction in emission and air pollution.
“SAL has always been a frontrunner when it comes to innovation and we are dedicated to make shipping more efficient and cleaner by using technologies that creates a long-lasting effect”, says Sebastian Westphal, CTO of SAL Heavy Lift.
He continues: “We have tested a prototype on a generator engine of our MV Annette over more than two years with very convincing results. The FS MARINE+ system not only achieved significant fuel savings, but also emission and air pollution reductions which was verified by 3rd parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests.
Marc Sima, CEO of FUELSAVE GmbH comments; “We are proud to have SAL Heavy Lift GmbH as our customer, and help them to become the most innovative, efficient and sustainable shipping company within their field. With this system we are driving the clean fuel transition with a high impact solution. It can optimize the energy consumption and the environmental impact significantly irrespective of what fuel type you operate your vessel with. Thus, it is applicable with MDO, MGO, HFO, LSFO as well as LNG. We are looking forward together with SAL to take a lead in supporting the shipping industry in its efforts to become more environmentally sustainable.
By investing millions of dollars into retrofitting the system to the main engines and auxiliary engines on existing vessels it may appear that SAL is taking a big financial bet, but the results in terms of savings and payback time proves quite the opposite.” Jakob Christiansen, Naval Architect and Head of SALs Fleet Development Team, states: “We ran the system for two years without a single incident and obtained results that matched the promised numbers. So, we see a technology that meets our green ambitions while also reducing the technical operating costs of the ships”.
The FS MARINE+ generator will reduce the emission of CO2 by 10%, SOx by 15%, NOx by 30-80% and particle emissions by 40%.
MV Trina of SAL is the first vessel that will be installed with the FS MARINE+ system in Q1 2020. After the successful installation on MV Trina, five more vessels will also be installed with the same.