New MAN Engines Going To Almi Tankers’ VLCCs
Athens-based ship management company Almi Tankers S.A. will be the first to equip two VLCCs with the new 7G80ME-C9.2 engine launched by MAN Diesel & Turbo. The engines will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea with a test bed running in January 2013. The vessels will be built at DSME in South Korea, with delivery scheduled for May and December 2013.
MAN Diesel & Turbo states that it is also currently involved in several active VLCC projects where the G80ME-C9.2 is the preferred engine choice. According to MAN Diesel & Turbo, this vessel type was originally the main target behind the introduction of the G80ME-C9.2 engine.
The shipping industry is currently debating whether or not VLCC lay-out speed should be reduced to 13 knots from the existing 15 to 15.5 knots, a scenario which the G80 is tailor-made to meet, MAN Diesel & Turbo said. It is estimated that such new designs offer potential fuel-consumption savings of 4% to 7%, and a similar reduction in CO2 emissions. Simultaneously, the engine itself can achieve thermal efficiency using the latest engine process parameters and design features, the company said.
The G-type program was introduced to the market in October 2010 with the G80ME-C9 model. MAN Diesel & Turbo subsequently expanded the ultra-long-stroke program in May this year with the addition of the G70ME-C9, G60ME-C9 and G50ME-B9 models. The G-types have designs that follow the principles of the large-bore Mk-9 engine series that MAN Diesel & Turbo introduced in 2006. Their longer stroke reduces engine speed, paving the way for ship designs with high-efficiency.
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