Sep 8, 2022 | Ship's deck & cargo news

Alfa Laval has optimised the design of the Alfa Laval Smit LNG inert gas generator, bringing greater flexibility and modular construction, offering a range of options for more choice and faster access to vital safety equipment.

The Smit LNG system is known for its very dry, high-quality inert gas, which is produced with Alfa Laval’s UltramizingÒ principle. The fuel is atomised by steam, ensuring not only less soot in the cargo tank after inspection, but also lower NOx emissions. 

Erik Haveman, Head of Inert Gas Systems, Alfa Laval, said: “The Smit LNG system is the same in terms of quality and reliability. What’s different is the flexible configuration, which comes from splitting the system into a number of standardised modules. All class and safety requirements are fulfilled by the most basic arrangement, to which customers can add the options they wish.”

The shift to modularity streamlines costs for customers, as they only pay for the Smit LNG options they select. Above all, it strengthens Alfa Laval’s cooperation with shipyards, since finished drawings can be supplied quickly – with no variation from system to system.

Haveman said: “There are no surprises with today’s Smit LNG system, either in performance or design. For shipyards, the lead times are shorter and the predictability is 100%. Having examined RFQs from all major LNG yards when creating it, we can meet any yard request with the new modular approach.”

For shipowners, modularity means long-term benefits. Servicing Smit LNG systems will be quicker and simpler, thanks to a reduced number of standardised parts. Spare parts stock will be easier to manage, and troubleshooting will be faster in the event of an issue.

Haveman concluded: “Less variation means less to investigate, so standardizing the Smit LNG system adds to the already high peace of mind. In addition, it gives us a stronger platform for further development. Customers have long entrusted us with their vessels’ safety, and they can expect us to continue moving it forward.”

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