Dual-Fuel MAN Engines Slated For Russian LNG Carriers
Russian shipowner Sovcomflot has ordered eight MAN dual-fuel 51/60DF engines for two new LNG carriers, with an option for two more vessels. The vessels are currently under construction at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea and will each be driven by sets of two, eight-cylinder inline and two, nine-cylinder inline 51/60DF engines.
The engines will be built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg plant in Germany with delivery to the Korean yard due in the fourth quarter of this year. The first vessel is expected to commence commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2013.
MAN said that the dual-fuel diesel electric propulsion system and the MAN 51/60DF engine have been selected to provide the vessel with a high efficient and low emission propulsion system, especially when running in gas mode.
The first order for MAN 51/60DF engines for marine applications was signed in 2007 for the LNG Carrier Castillo de Santisteban. The order included five 8L51/60DF units. The vessel has been in commercial operation since summer 2010, transporting LNG worldwide.
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