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MAN in contract for methanol-powered ship engines

MAN in contract for methanol-powered ship engines
In a major forward step for biofuel-powered shipping, MAN has signed an agreement to supply its first ME-LGI methanol-powered engines, for a series of 50,000dwt methanol carriers.

The confirmation follows a Letter of Intent signed by both MAN Diesel & Turbo and Canada’s Waterfront Shipping in July 2013. The deal includes Hyundai Heavy Industries-built 6G50ME-LGI engines, for Westfal-Larsen and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest vessels to be constructed at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard; and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding-built 7S50ME-B9.3-LGI engines, for Mitsui OSK Lines newbuilds to be constructed at Minami Nippon Shipbuilding.

“This order represents a real market breakthrough for our Liquid Gas Injection engine and is the first such, commercial project that is not reliant on external funding,” said Ole Grøne, senior vp of low speed promotion & sales at MAN D&T. “Simply put, the ME-LGI engine was chosen for these carriers because it is the engine best suited to the application. The LGI engine is designed to handle low-flash-point, low-sulphur fuels like LPG and methanol, etc. Consequently, its green credentials are striking with emissions of sulphur being almost completely eliminated.”

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