Alfa Laval scrubber suits smaller vessels


The PureSOX Express Photo: Alfa LavalThe PureSOX Express Photo: Alfa Laval



Alfa Laval’s new scrubber is making it simple for smaller vessels such as handymax bulkers or product tankers to continue using heavy fuel oil and comply with SOx regulations.

The new PureSOx Express is an open-loop PureSOx system, but one delivered as a fully enclosed module. Adapted for a simple fit on smaller vessels, it reduces the investment cost, engineering time and physical work of installing a SOx scrubber.

“PureSOx Express uses the proven PureSOx technology that’s already used on hundreds of vessels,” said Steven Pieters, sales director, exhaust gas cleaning. “But it can be lifted on board and connected without a specialised scrubber team which means less work at the shipyard and an installation time of just 10 to 14 days.”

Prefabricated and preconfigured, PureSOx Express is designed for up to 75 tonnes of exhaust gas per hour and engine power of up to 10 MW. This makes it a one-size-fits-all solution for many vessels of 40,000–65,000 DWT, which typically include bulkers and product tankers.

As an open-loop system, PureSOx Express is economical in complying with today’s regulations. But the scrubber is also hybrid-ready, with connections present for a later conversion to a hybrid system. This makes the module as future-proof as it is cost-efficient.

The system is steered with Alfa Laval Touch Control and features a water trap that ensures safety by preventing any backflow to the engine.

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