MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to provide propulsion systems for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled containership newbuildings.
The order for the 2,535 TEU containerships includes a 7S80 ME-GI Mk 9.5 main engine, 3 × MAN 6L35/44DF GenSets and an MAN Alpha FPP propeller system.
Both vessels will operate fully on LNG to reduce emissions of SOx, NOx, and particulate matter and lower fuel consumption. Each vessel will be designed with an optimised hull form using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller. The vessels will have a sailing speed of 23.0 knots.
Bjarne Foldager, vice president, sales & promotion, two-stroke business at MAN Energy Solutions said: “With some 200 engines on order or already in service, the ME-GI’s popularity continues to grow. This is yet another order within the container segment and cements the ME-GI concept. More so, the project at hand shows how our customers pick up on offers of complete propulsion systems beyond just the main engine.”
Doosan Engine will build the main engines in Korea, fully compliant with the IMO’s Tier III regulation on NOx by use of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology. MAN Energy Solutions Augsburg works will build the auxiliary engines to meet Tier III with the aid of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. Engine delivery is scheduled for 2019.
The vessels will be constructed at the Keppel AmFELS yard in Brownsville, Texas to Keppel’s proprietary design and are due for delivery in Q1 and Q3 of 2020.
The vessels will join the Pasha Hawaii fleet, the US Jones Act carrier in the Hawaii trade lane, which provides shipping services between Hawaii and the US mainland.