MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply 10 MAN B&W 7G80ME-GI Mk9.5 dual-fuel engines to a series of 10 300,000-dwt LNG-fuelled VLCCs distributed among shipowners, Advantage Tankers, AET and International Seaways
MAN will supply four engines to Advantage Tankers and three each to AET and International Seaways. The engines will be constructed and built in South Korea by HSD Engine and DSME respectively.
The order marks the entry of the ME-GI engine into the tanker segment. The newbuildings will operate globally as charters for a major oil company.
The manufacturer’s senior vice president and head of two-stroke business, Bjarne Foldager said “This is a significant order on several fronts owing to its size and the ME-GI’s début in yet another segment. The engine’s characteristics make it eminently suitable for LNG and non-LNG carriers alike due to its service experience, low methane slip, high efficiency, and fuel flexibility – whether running on fuel-oil, or LNG where it accepts any gas quality available in the market.”
Mr Foldager added “These crude carriers will be powered by mature engine technology that continues to make inroads into new markets and segments. As we move towards a zero-carbon future, the ME-GI showcases MAN Energy Solutions’ dual-fuel engine portfolio that is future-proofed to handle whatever alternative fuels come to prominence in the decades ahead.
This order follows a slew of orders announced globally for the engine in recent months. In January, the manufacturer announced that its low-speed, dual-fuel references exceeded 360 units, with the ME-GI recording over 1.5M operating hours on LNG alone.
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