Companies join forces to further maritime energy transition

By Jack Burke12 October 2021

Green-fuels infrastructure, future-proof conversions (LNG, methanol, ammonia, etc.), hybrid drives under study

MAN Energy Solutions and DryDocks World (DP World) shipyard have signed a five-year cooperation agreement aimed at decarbonization efforts in the marine industry.

Mutual areas of interest for the two companies include green-fuels infrastructure, future-proof conversions (LNG, methanol, ammonia, etc.), hybrid drives, electric engines R&D and training, and investigation of their respective, global footprints to further reduce the environmental impact of shipping traffic in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.

“To achieve net-zero emissions, we must recognize the importance of taking urgent and immediate steps to decarbonize shipping and the way to do that is by identifying opportunities to forge partnerships with leading industry players and governments to develop solutions that will allow us to reap tangible results.” Said Capt. Rado Antolovic, PhD, CEO, Drydocks World.

Wayne Jones OBE, chief sales officer, and Gaby Hanna, senior vice president and head of Region – Middle East & Africa, acted as signatories for MAN Energy Solutions; while Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman & CEO, signed on behalf of DP World.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem – Group Chairman & CEO, DP World, with Wayne Jones OBE – Chief Sales Officer, MAN Energy Solutions. Others in the picture are: Gaby Hanna, Senior Vice President and Head of Region, MAN Energy Solutions, (left), Mohammed Al Muallem, Executive Vice President, DP World, and Capt. Rado Antolovic, PhD, CEO, DP World (right).

“We have worked closely with DP World on many projects over the years and are very happy to enter into this formal agreement,” Jones said. “In the transition towards a carbon-neutral future, we aim to achieve sustainable value-creation by addressing the challenges inherent to the marine, energy and industrial sectors. Ultimately, we intend to develop pioneering solutions to the issues posed by decarbonisation and will work with selected partners to achieve this.”

MAN Energy Solutions has previously collaborated with the DP World Group on many occasions. The most recent of these was in September 2021 when the ElbBLUE, a containership operated by charterer Unifeeder – part of the DP World Group – bunkered 20 tons of green SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) at Brunsbüttel, Germany. In a first for commercial shipping, the fuel was generated from 100% renewable energy via power-to-X technology.

Formerly known as the Wes Amelie, the 1036-teu feeder container ship previously made headlines in 2017 when its MAN 8L48/60B main engine was retrofitted to its current, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit to enable dual-fuel operation. The first such conversion of its type globally, it showed that existing engines could be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment.

Drydocks World is the largest center in the Middle East for ship repair, conversion, new building, rigs and MRO projects, with focus on renewables and energy-efficiency projects. DP World operates across key sectors of the global supply chain through its various business subsidiaries, helping move cargo seamlessly, efficiently and securely across the world.

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