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MAN Powers LNG Carrier

Posted on October 27, 2010

Five dual-fuel MAN 51/60DF engines - delivering 8000 kW at 514 r/min each - form the diesel-electric propulsion plant for new LNG vessel Castillo de Santisteban, delivered by Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, to shipping company Empresa Naviera Elcano. The 300 m long vessel has been assigned by her charterer, Spanish energy company Repsol – Gas Natural LNG (Stream), to the Peruvian Camisea/Pampa Melchorita gas project, the first natural gas liquefaction plant in South America. The carrier has a carrying capacity of 173 600 m3 LNG.

Klaus Deleroi, senior vice president, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, said, “When it comes to ship-propulsion technology, the future is gas. Not only for LNG carriers, but also for cargo vessels, ferries and even cruise liners. Knowing this, it is important for MAN Diesel & Turbo to have a strong reference already at sea with our new 51/60 dual-fuel engine, and that is exactly what we have with the Castillo de Santisteban.”

The entry of the LNG vessel into active service represents a milestone for MAN Diesel & Turbo in that the order for the ship's dual-fuel engines, registered in 2007, was the very first received for this engine type. The engine is especially designed for propulsion systems for LNG carriers and gas-fuelled ships, and focuses on the safety requirements stipulated by classification societies for gas operation.

The 8L51/60DF engines were built at MAN Diesel & Turbo's own works in Germany. They can run on gaseous (for example, vaporized LNG) or liquid fuels of a wide range of qualities (HFO/MDO/MGO) and have low emission levels. At 1.5 g/kWh (IMO cycle E2) in gaseous-fuel operating mode, the 51/60DF already complies with future IMO Tier 3 limits for NOx by a considerable margin without the need for exhaust-gas treatment or any other countermeasures.

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