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Exmar orders ME-LGIP engine for two LPG-fuelled ships

Dual-fuel engines expected to operate on three percent pilot oil.



Exmar vessel. Image credit: MAN Diesel & Turbo


Updated on 29 Mar 2018 14:24 GMT

Man Diesel & Turbo has announced that it has received an order for its LPG-fuelled, dual-fuel ME-LGIP engine.

Two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) for Belgian integrated gas shipping company Exmar are to each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine.

The 80,000-cubic-metre (cbm) newbuilds are to be constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries, as previously reported. Engine delivery to the yard has been scheduled for December 2019. Upon construction, the carriers are to be chartered by Statoil.

Bjarne Foldager, Vice President Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business at MAN Diesel & Turbo, remarked: "Interest in using LPG as a fuel, outside of the LPG carrier segment, is growing due to its sulphur-free character, free availability and ease of bunkering. In gas mode, we expect the ME-LGIP engine to operate on just 3 percent pilot oil and down to 10 percent load. Ultimately, we expect the engine to operate without the need for pilot oil."

MAN Diesel & Turbo noted that the ME-LGIP engine has recorded a drop in CO2 emissions of around 10 percent, and a 90 reduction in particulate matter when running on LPG, compared with marine diesel oil (MDO).

The German engine manufacturer also said it expects ME-LGIP installation aboard merchant vessels to be "extremely competitive" price-wise, compared to other, dual-fuel-burning engine types.

"LPG's future as a viable fuel for general marine transportation looks promising as it will not require as large an investment in infrastructure - such as bunkering facilities - in contrast to other, gaseous fuels. Accordingly, MAN Diesel & Turbo expects a strong demand for LGIP engines for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) and coastal vessels from their introduction," MAN Diesel & Turbo added.






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