SAL Heavy Lift Ships to Use Hydrogen/Methanol Injection to Reduce Emissions

SAL Heavy Lift is the first shipping company in the world to make use of a new hydrogen/methanol technology for its fleet. The injection technology developed by Fuelsave GmbH reduces CO2, SOx, NOx and other particles emissions.

By dynamically injecting a mix of hydrogen, oxygen, water and methanol into selected parts of the air intake of both the main engine and the auxiliary engines, the Fuelsave (FS) Marine+ system ensures a much cleaner and thorough combustion process, resulting in reduced primary fuel consumption alongside lowering emissions and air pollution. According to Fuelsave, average reductions amount to ten per cent less CO2, fifteen per cent less SOx, thirty to eighty per cent less NOx and forty per cent less particle emissions.

‘We have tested a prototype on a generator engine of our MV Annette over more than two years with very convincing results,’ says Sebastian Westphal, CTO of SAL Heavy Lift. ‘The FS MarineE+ system not only achieved significant fuel savings, but also emission and air pollution reductions which was verified by third parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests.’

SAL has also stated that although use of the system requires a retrofit, payback times are good as the system reduces the technical operating costs of the ships.

Suitable for All Fuel Types

Marc Sima, CEO of FUELSAVE GmbH comments: ‘With this system we are driving the clean fuel transition with a high impact solution. It can optimise the energy consumption and the environmental impact significantly irrespective of what fuel type you operate your vessel with. Thus, it is applicable with Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), Marine Gas Oil (MGO), Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) as well as Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).’

SAL’s MV Trina is the first vessel to be retrofitted with the FS Marine+ system in Q1 2020. Following a successful system integration on MV Trina, five more vessels will follow.

Picture: MV Trina with Gottwald cranes (by SAL Heavy Lift).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.