Doosan Delivers First ME-GI Engine
Container ship receives dual-fuel, low-speed engine; will operate primarily on LNG
Doosan Engine said it has confirmed delivery of the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI engine to the American National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego, California, U.S.A.
The engine is capable of operation on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and/or bunker C oil and will power the first of two 3100 TEU container ships ordered by TOTE, the U.S. marine transportation company. The propulsion plant comprises an MAN B&W 8L70ME-C8.2-GI (ME-GI) engine, which provides 25.1 MW at 104 r/min, the company said.
The ME-GI reduces polluted material such as carbon dioxide, nitrogenous compound and sulfur compounds compared to existing diesel engines, the company said. The TOTE ME-GI engine will primarily operate on LNG.
The TOTE contract provides for the construction of two newbuilding containerships – with an option for three more vessels – for primarily domestic services. The vessels will each be powered by a single 8L70ME-GI dual-fuel, gas-powered engine.
In June 2014, Doosan Engine successfully completed the engine’s official trial run in the presence of the shipowner, shipyard and classification society representatives. Doosan said the two 3100 TEU vessels will operate between Florida, U.S.A., and Puerto Rico.