MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone

MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone
Photo shows the September 2018 official unveiling of MAN Energy Solutions’ ME-LGIP engine in Copenhagen, an LPG-burning type and the latest addition to the company’s dual-fuel, two-stroke portfolio

MAN Energy Solutions has announced that its two-stroke, dual-fuel portfolio has logged over 500,000 operational hours, marking over 250 sales that the company has won within its entire portfolio of dual-fuel engines all running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or other, cleaner fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and methanol.

MAN Energy Solutions’ ME-GI (gas injection) and ME-LGI (liquid gas injection) engines form the core of its two-stroke, dual-fuel portfolio and have notched many industry-firsts since their introduction to the market, including the very first oceangoing ships driven by LNG, methanol, ethane and LPG.

Service reports have also been positive with the company stating that recent experience from a 174,000 cubic-metre LNG carrier powered by an ME-GI engine logged reliability and availability figures of 99 per cent.

“This is a massive milestone that highlights the success of the dual-fuel strategy we have laid over the past decade. The engines’ efficiency –in all fuel modes – is the best in the market, which gives shipowners enormous flexibility, and we note that all fuel modes are employed. Half a million hours of dual-fuel operation stands testament to our leadership in this critical market segment. On behalf of MAN Energy Solutions, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to our customers for their support, and the trust they have placed in these future-proof solutions,” said Bjarne Foldager – senior vice president, head of two-stroke business at MAN Energy Solutions.

“With references in every major marine segment, our dual-fuel portfolio can rightly be considered as mature technology. With 2020 and the new IMO emissions legislation fast approaching, our ME-GI and ME-LGI engines continue to act as standard bearers for environmentally friendly, reliable propulsion technology with their seamless switching between fuels and elimination of methane slip. Furthermore, their use of the Diesel combustion principle ensures that they can easily adapt to run on whatever fuels the industry may prefer in the future.”

MAN Energy Solutions believes that it is time for a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean, decarbonised solutions for seaborne trade and transportation. The company is making a call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gases as the fuels of choice in global shipping. It strongly promotes a global ‘turn to gas’, driven by the IMO, and a common approach by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.