Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping has ordered five 15,000-teu boxships with scrubbers and requested another six vessels with dual-fuel engine configurations. All vessels will be powered by MAN B&W-branded two-stroke engines.
The first five engines with scrubbers will be conventional MAN B&W 11G90ME-C units and are due for delivery between 2019-2020. The six further vessels will be built as MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI dual-fuel configurations operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) with delivery dates scheduled between 2020-2022.
Each of the six ME-GI engines will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ new pump vaporiser unit (PVU), an innovative, low-cost pump unit for the supply of LNG to the ME-GI engines.
Each of the 11 neo-Panamax boxships will be constructed at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI).
Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president, head of two-stroke business, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “We’re very pleased to have landed this significant order within such a key segment and in the face of stiff competition. We currently have 55 ME-GI engines in service that have logged over 265,000 running hours, as a result of which the ME-GI engine has become an industry standard. I thank Eastern Pacific for placing its trust in our technology.”
Foldager added: “We’re also very happy that Eastern Pacific has chosen our new pump vaporizer unit, which makes the fuel gas-supply system installation significantly more compact. Apart from the reduced cost and weight, ordering both PVU and engine from the same designer provides many other advantages, including easier integration and straightforward installation.”
MAN Energy Solutions states that it has confirmed 250+ sales within its entire portfolio of dual-fuel engines – all running on LNG or other, clean fuels such as LPG and methanol.