FCM Methanol

The Alfa Laval FCM Methanol is a low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS) capable of supplying methanol within the flow rate, pressure, temperature, and filtration parameters specified by the engine maker. The technology can be adapted to any engine and vessel designs.

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Low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS) for methanol-fuelled engines and boilers

  • Proven technology in use on methanol carriers since 2015, over 450 000 hours of operations
  • Flexible design adaptable to any engine or vessel
  • Simplifies safety routines and security by automating control of the fuel supply system
  • Designed to maximize uptime and energy efficiency, while minimizing maintenance costs
  • Supported by the Alfa Laval service network and spare parts readily available from distribution centers

Proven technology sailing since 2015, the FCM Methanol can supply methanol to dual-fuel marine engines (both main and auxiliary), as well as boilers. A single, automated FCM Methanol system can be engineered to meet the process requirements of multiple methanol consumers.

The FCM Methanol’s automation handles all daily routines and safety functions, including leak test and purging

The FCM Methanol is controlled through the control panel installed in safe area and by the inputs from the served engines thus minimizing the need to access the hazardous area. The fine filter with double block & bleed arrangement allows the cleaning of the clogged section without purging the entire module. This minimizes the system downtime and keeps the crews safe, even when performing maintenance.




How it works

The FCM Methanol is a dual-stage, pressurized system that supplies methanol safely and automatically. It can be arranged to simultaneously feed multiple fuel lines with different process parameters, thereby meeting the needs of multiple engines and boilers.

Each stage is protected by a pressure relief valve and is equipped with transmitters and indicators for pressure and temperature. The low-pressure stage prevents the cavitation of the high-pressure pump. The high-pressure stage maintains the specified fuel parameters.

The system’s automation handles all necessary fuel routines, ensuring that the methanol is conditioned and ready for a start signal from the engine control system (EGC). Upon a stop signal from the EGC, the system safely returns to standby.

Control and monitoring are handled from a control cabinet located within a safe zone, or from the vessel’s automation system via Modbus serial link. Advanced troubleshooting can be performed from any control point, without entering the hazardous zone.

The FCM Methanol is ATEX-certified and complies with IGC Code, IGF Code and DNV Pt.6, Ch.2, Sec.6.

Enabling the move to methanol as fuel

Find out why the Alfa Laval FCM Methanol is the leading choice of low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS) in today’s methanol projects. This short video explains why more than a pump is needed, and it shows how the FCM Methanol lives up to the challenge – from flexible installation to peace of mind in operation.

Marine equipment and solutions for methanol as fuel

Methanol is the next likely step on the marine industry’s journey to a zero-carbon future. However, it will demand new technologies and a different way of looking at the energy balance on board. Alfa Laval is at the cutting edge of methanol solutions – and is ready to partner with you in making the transition.

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Alfa Laval technology powers sustainable operations on Maersk’s pioneering methanol-fuelled container vessel

In a world where sustainability is increasingly important, A.P. Moller-Maersk has set sail with the world’s first methanol fuelled container vessel. Equipped with Alfa Laval’s solutions for methanol as fuel, this vessel shows how innovative solutions and equipment can help shipping companies adapt to the evolving energy landscape and environmental regulations.

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Latest news

Alfa Laval to provide the fuel supply system to Maersk in industry’s first methanol retrofit project for a container vessel

Alfa Laval fuel supply system FCM Methanol has been selected by Maersk for their pioneering methanol retrofit project to enable the container vessel Maersk Halifax to operate on methanol fuel. This project stands as a significant achievement for both Alfa Laval and Maersk, underscoring the feasibility of retrofitting ships with the necessary equipment for methanol-based propulsion.

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Alfa Laval advances fuel transition with FCM Methanol for four pioneering methanol-fuelled vessels

Alfa Laval is at the forefront of the marine industry's fuel transition with its methanol solutions, knowledge and experience. The pioneering methanol-driven project for a Chinese shipowner involves installation of Alfa Laval's FCM Methanol-the low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS), on board four of its vessels. This project is a landmark achievement not only for Alfa Laval but also for the shipowner, the shipyard and the engine designer.

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