The Finnish developer of fuel supply systems has presented its Methanol Fuel Supply Unit (MFSU) to meet the demand for methanol as a future marine fuel.
The solution is suitable for both two- and four-stroke engines and can be adapted to suit the conversion of existing engines to dual-fuel methanol operation.
The MFSU can be installed on newbuilds and retrofits.
The company says its system can ensure the safe delivery of methanol from the service tank to the master fuel valve, regulating the flow, pressure and temperature of the methanol to meet the engine's specific requirements.
The system actively maintains the supply pressure within the specified tolerances during load changes and filters the fuel to prevent any impurities from entering the engine.
The unit can be split into parts for transport and installation (in a container or below deck - as one unit or in several parts).
The company expects to deliver the first system in 2023.
"Ship owners want to invest in green fuels, but the challenge lies in finding the right solution and inspiring confidence to drive uptake. At Auramarine, we provide an expert technical review of a vessel or fleet's fuel supply systems and determine the best possible adaptation of existing equipment to effectively and safely handle methanol and other future fuels such as biofuel and ammonia," Auramarine's CEO John Bergman said.
He added, "Auramarine is committed to supporting the shipping industry's roadmap to decarbonisation. With future fuel uncertainty leading to some ship owners stalling newbuild orders, we need to scrutinise every aspect of the supply process and analyse the supporting fuel supply infrastructure to ensure ship owners are empowered to make the right decision."