SAL Heavy Lift in world-first use of hydrogen, methanol injection technology

Hamburg’s SAL Heavy Lift has become the first shipping company in the world to adopt a new hydrogen/methanol technology to its fleet. SAL Heavy Lift has been working on this injection technology called FS Marine+ with Germany’s Fuelsave for the past four years.

“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,” SAL Heavy Lift explained in a release.

A prototype on a generator engine was tested on one of SAL’s ships called Annette for more than two years with significant fuel savings, as well as emission and air pollution reductions, verified by third parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests.

The FS Marine+ generator has proven to make average reductions of 10% less CO2, 15% less SOx, 30-80% less NOx and 40% less particle emissions.

SAL’s Trina will now be retrofitted with the system next month with another five ships from the SAL fleet also slated for retrofits.

Marc Sima, CEO of Fuelsave, said the technology works with MDO, MGO, HFO, LSFO as well as LNG.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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