Alfa Laval has acquired a minority stake in the Netherlands-based technology company Marine Performance Systems. Its innovative air lubrication technology significantly reduces ships’ friction when sailing, resulting in fuel savings. The patented solution can be installed on vessels of any size or fuel type and is also suitable for retrofit. The signing and closing date were 8 July 2021.
A ship’s friction when sailing is the most significant driver of its fuel consumption and the cost of fuel represents up to 60 percent of a vessel’s operating expenditures. Fuel consumption has also a direct impact on greenhouse gas emissions, as reducing 1 ton of fossil fuel consumption equals the reduction of approx 3 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Marine Performance Systems’ air lubrication technology generates microbubbles under the ship’s hull, reducing friction between the ship and the water by 50-70 percent enabling net fuel savings of 8-12 percent, during normal service speed. The technology was first tested on a sea-going vessel in 2020 and the results have been confirmed by the shipowner during several months of operation.