Eight LNG dual-fuelled 210,000-dwt dry bulk carrier newbuilds ordered by Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) in recent months will all be equipped with MAN ME-GI engines
Under the latest contract, China’s New Times Shipbuilding Co Ltd has ordered three MAN B&W two-stroke, dual-fuel 6G70 ME-GI engines for three LNG dual-fuelled bulk carriers for EPS.
MAN Energy Solutions licensee CSSC-MES Diesel (CMD) will build the slow-speed engines in China, while Rio Tinto – the metals and mining multinational – will charter the 210,000-dwt vessels from the Singapore-based shipowner when they are delivered starting H2 2023. The shipbuilding contract includes an option for three further vessels.
The new order comes in the wake of another received by MAN Energy Solutions for five 6G70ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines in October 2020.
In October 2020, MAN received an order for five 6G70ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines for five 210,000-dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers, also for EPS, which will subsequently be chartered to Australia’s other mining behemoth, BHP, for five years.
Meanwhile, EPS continues to invest in dual-fuel tonnage and now has a fleet of tankers, dry bulk carriers and container ships totalling 17M tonnes deadweight.
There are nine LNG-fuelled bulk carriers in operation and another 23 on order, according to DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight.
MAN Energy Solutions head of promotion and customer support Thomas Hansen said “The ME-GI engine is now the market standard for large, dual-fuel bulk carriers as the value chain in the segment has further increased its focus on decarbonisation. This mature technology’s negligible methane-slip and the inherent potential of alternative fuels such as LNG are significant advantages and demonstrate to the industry that viable options for lowering carbon footprints exist. These vessels will be among the cleanest and most efficient in their segment, as well as being IMO 2030-compliant well in advance of the legislation.”
MAN Energy Solutions said its low-speed, dual-fuel references has now exceeded 374 units, with the ME-GI recording over 1.6M operating hours on LNG alone.
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