SAL Heavy Lift becomes world’s first to equip vessels with new hydrogen-methanol injection technology
In Hamburg, Germany, SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, a member of the Harren & Partner Group, one of the world’s leading carriers specializing in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo sets itself as a green-tech front runner and becomes the first shipping company in the world to adopt a new hydrogen-methanol technology to its fleet in a bid to reduce emissions.
With significant emission reductions in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), the injection technology developed by compatriot FUELSAVE GmbH paves the way for making shipping greener and more energy-efficient.
SAL has always been a frontrunner when it comes to innovation and we are dedicated to making shipping more efficient and cleaner by using technologies that create a long-lasting effect. 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 were verified by 3rd parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests, said Sebastian Westphal, CTO of SAL Heavy Lift.
After more than four years of close cooperation, testing and development between SAL and FUELSAVE GmbH, alongside 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, the new and advanced FS MARINE+ hydrogen-methanol injection solution is now entering the next stage of validation, after which it will find its way to six SAL vessels as a permanent installation.
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 FS MARINE+ system ensures a much cleaner and thorough combustion process, resulting in reduced primary fuel consumption alongside lowering emissions and air pollution.
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, commented Marc Sima, CEO of FUELSAVE GmbH
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 prove quite the opposite.
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, said Jakob Christiansen, Naval Architect and Head of SALs Fleet Development Team.
The FS MARINE+ generator has proven to make average reductions of 10 percent less CO2, 15 percent less SOx, 30-80 percent less NOx and 40 percent less PM emissions.
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 – ready to pave the way for a greener & more energy-efficient shipping service.
About SAL Heavy Lift
Founded in 1980 as “Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG”, SAL Heavy Lift is a member of the Harren & Partner Group since 2017, one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo.
A modern fleet of 21 multipurpose heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers both within project shipping as well as in offshore projects.