MAN supplying engines for container vessels

By Jack Burke27 January 2021

First engine to be delivered in 2022

MAN Energy Solutions has won an order for six MAN B&W 11G95ME-GI Mk10.5 main engines for six ultra-large, 23,500+-teu container vessels for Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s leading liner-shipping companies.

The engines will be built in Korea and will offer the option of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional fuel, meeting Tier 3 emission standards through selective catalytic reduction (SCR). The first engine delivery is scheduled for May 2022. Korean shipyard, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, will build the vessels with delivery expected from April through December 2023.

MAN Energy Solutions’ ME-GI engines to power ultra-large Hapag-Lloyd containerships.

“With the investment in six ultra large container vessels we will not only be able to reduce slot costs and improve our competitiveness on the Europe – Far East trade, but also take a significant step forward in modernizing our fleet,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. “Additionally we will further reduce our environmental impact.”

The newbuildings will be deployed on the Europe – Far East routes as part of THE Alliance and will significantly increase Hapag-Lloyd´s competitiveness in this trade. The engines will operate on LNG, but have sufficient tank capacity to operate alternatively on conventional fuel.

“These newbuildings will be fitted with mature ME-GI technology that continues to accumulate references across multiple segments,” said Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions. “The engines’ fuel-efficiency and negligible methane-slip tie in perfectly with Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy of sustainability. As we move towards a zero-carbon future, the ME-GI showcases our dual-fuel engine portfolio that is future-proofed to handle whatever alternative fuels come to prominence in the decades ahead.”

The new business follows a series of recent ME-GI sales with five 6G70ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines ordered in October 2020 for five Newcastlemax bulkcarriers for EPS, the Singapore-based shipping company. The previous month, Guangzhou Shipyard International Co., Ltd. (GSI) ordered two 6G60ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines for two LR2 tankers for Hafnia, one of the world’s leading, oil-product tanker owners and operators.

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