Alfa Laval completed the acquisition of Marine Performance Systems B.V., a Rotterdam-based maritime technology company that has developed the first fluidic air lubrication system on the shipping market.
According to Alfa Laval, this move is going to enable the company to bring this environment-friendly technology to market contributing significantly towards improving ship efficiency, reducing fuel consumption, and minimising emissions from ships.
"By adding air lubrication system into our portfolio, we are thrilled to further expand our offering of energy-efficient and sustainable solutions to our customers," said Anders Lindmark, responsible for the business unit Heat & Gas Systems within the Marine Division of Alfa Laval.
Having acquired a minority stake in Marine Performance Systems B.V (MPS) in 2021, Alfa Laval has now taken the final step to fully integrate the company under its own brand.
A ship’s friction when sailing is the most significant driver of its fuel consumption representing up to 60% of a vessel’s operating expenditures, according to a statement, and the reduction of frictional resistance working on the ship's hull results in reduced fuel consumption.
Next, by reducing the friction, air lubrication supports emission abatement and provides substantial fuel cost savings and improvement in overall ship efficiency, at a vessel’s normal service speed and a payback period below three years.