MAN dual-fuel engines will power two Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTCs) for United European Car Carriers (UECC). The 181-metre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered vessels will each have a single MAN B&W 8S50ME-GI dual-fuel engine.
The PCTCs will be capable of operating on LNG fuel, heavy fuel oil or marine gas oil, providing greater flexibility and efficiency. UECC ordered the PCTC newbuildings in March 2014, in conjunction with a long-term fleet evaluation process concerning its Baltic fleet. Among the key requirements for new tonnage was an ability to meet all expected environmental legislation (SECA).
In this respect, LNG is recognised as the cleanest and most environmentally friendly choice of fuel suitable for marine transport. LNG fuel significantly reduces CO2 and NOx emissions, as well as almost entirely eliminating oxides of sulphur (SOx) and particulate emissions. To this end, UECC has signed an exclusive contract for the supply of LNG fuels to the vessels in the port of Zeebrugge using a dedicated LNG ship-to-ship bunker vessel.
The vessels will be constructed at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China, which is a joint venture between Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company. Delivery for both vessels is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
The ME-GI engine uses high-pressure gas injection that allows it to maintain the numerous positive attributes of MAN B&W low-speed engines that have made them the default choice of the maritime community.
MAN Diesel & Turbo sees significant opportunities arising for gas-fuelled tonnage as fuel prices rise and modern exhaust-emission limits tighten. Indeed, research indicates that the ME-GI engine delivers significant reductions in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. Furthermore, the ME-GI engine’s negligible fuel slip makes it the most environmentally friendly technology available. As such, the ME-GI engine represents a highly efficient, flexible, propulsion-plant solution.
(Source: MAN Diesel & Turbo SE)