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MAN Energy Solutions awarded world-first order for methanol engine within container segment

MAN Energy Solutions SE (MAN) has announced that it has won the order to supply the world’s first, low-speed, dual-fuel engine to run on methanol within the container segment. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) will construct the 2 100 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel in South Korea for A.P. Møller – Maersk, the global integrator of container logistics, and upon launch, the new build will become the very first methanol-powered vessel that doesn’t carry methanol as cargo.

MAN Energy Solutions SE (MAN) has won the order to supply the world’s first, low-speed, dual-fuel engine to run on methanol within the container segment. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) will construct the 2 100 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel in South Korea for A.P. Møller – Maersk, the global integrator of container logistics, and upon launch, the new build will become the very first methanol-powered vessel that doesn’t carry methanol as cargo (image courtesy MAN).

Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD), which has already experience with LGIM engines with 8 engines in operation and 12 engines under construction for methanol carriers, will build the MAN B&W 6G50ME-LGIM (-Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) type – also in South Korea. The engine will be Tier III-compliant.

Mærsk has further announced that it expects the new vessel to be powered by green methanol with bio-fuel employed as pilot oil. The vessel is set to enter service in 2023 and will sail in the network of Sealand Europe – a Maersk company- the Baltic shipping route between Northern Europe and the Bay of Botnia.

Maersk is displaying great leadership in adopting renewable methanol as part of its decarbonization strategy – and well ahead of its initial 2030-ambition. For our part, we are designing dual-fuel technology that meets the growing customer demand for sustainable shipping chains and, here, our ME-LGIM engine plays an important role. It’s particularly pleasing to see it make its debut within the important container segment, said Bjarne Foldager, SVP and Head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions.

MAN Energy Solutions states that its low-speed, dual-fuel references now exceed 408 units, with the ME-GI recording over 1.7 million operating hours on LNG alone, while the ME-LGI platform has accumulated more than 110 000 dual-fuel running hours.

Our other ME-LGIM references have proven methanol as a clean, efficient and safe, marine fuel that offers a clear path to decarbonisation through significant greenhouse-gas reductions, when produced from renewable energy sources. In general, as we move towards a zero-carbon future, MAN Energy Solutions’ dual-fuel engine portfolio is well positioned to handle whatever alternative fuels the market brings, said Bjarne Foldager.

MAN Energy Solutions developed the ME-LGIM dual-fuel engine for operation on methanol, as well as conventional fuel. The engine is based on the company’s proven ME-series, with its approximately 5 000 engines in service, and works according to the diesel principle. When operating on methanol, the ME-LGIM significantly reduces emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulphur oxides (SOx).

Additionally, any operational switch between methanol and other fuels is seamless. Tests on the engine, when running on methanol, have recorded the same or a slightly better efficiency compared to conventional, heavy fuel oil (HFO) burning engines.

MAN developed the ME-LGI engine in response to interest from the shipping world in operating on alternatives to heavy fuel oil. Methanol carriers have already operated at sea for many years using the engine, and, as such, the ME-LGIM has a proven track record offering great reliability in combination with high fuel efficiency.

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