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Dual-Fuel For Container Ships

LNG-capable ME-GI units to power newbuilding container ships

Posted on November 11, 2013

Matson Navigation Company Inc. – a subsidiary of Matson Inc. – has placed an order for two 3600 TEU container ships, which will be powered by two MAN B&W 7S90ME-GI dual-fuel engines. The deal includes an option for three further vessels.

MAN said the engines, each developing 42.7 MW, are the largest dual-fuel engines ever ordered in terms of power output. The ME-GI engines and pertaining systems will be manufactured by MAN Diesel Turbo’s licensee, Hyundai, and will be able to use HFO, MDO or LNG as fuel.

The new container ships will be constructed by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, a U.S. commercial shipyard, and are scheduled for delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2018.

Matson said the 259 m vessels will be the largest Jones Act containerships ever constructed and are designed to operate at speeds in excess of 23 knots. The company also states that the new vessels will incorporate a number of ‘green ship technology’ features such as a fuel-efficient hull design, dual-fuel engines, environmentally safe double-hull fuel tanks and freshwater ballast systems.