Korean yard Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) and engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and production of MAN B&W ME-LGIP dual-fuel engines.
Upon completion, HHI-EMD will be able to deliver liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) –fuelled, two-stroke-propulsion engines.
“MAN Diesel & Turbo has previously experienced strong market interest in using LPG as a fuel aboard LPG carriers, but other shipping segments have also begun investigating this option, a general tendency that is growing,” said Bjarne Foldager – Vice President Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business at MAN Diesel & Turbo.
“LPG holds great potential as a fuel since it contains no sulphur, is widely available, and easy to bunker. It is therefore becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to other, low-sulphur fuel types.
“We have a long tradition of technical cooperation with our licensees and we are looking forward to working with Hyundai on this exciting project.”
According to MAN Diesel, ME-LGIP installation aboard a merchant ship is “extremely” competitive price-wise, compared to other, dual-fuel-burning engine types.
It noted several LPG carrier operators calling for the development for an LPG-fuelled engine that could power LPG carriers in the most viable, convenient and economical way using LPG cargo already onboard.
“LPG is an eminently environmentally-friendly fuel, in much the same class as liquefied natural gas (LNG), and an LPG-fuelled engine will significantly reduce emissions, enabling vessels to meet the stringent IMO SOx emission regulations due to come into force globally from 2020,” says the company.
“LPG’s future as a viable fuel for marine transportation looks promising as it will not require as large an investment in infrastructure – such as bunkering facilities – in contrast to other, gaseous fuels. Accordingly, MAN Diesel & Turbo expects a strong demand for LGIP engines for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) and coastal vessels from their introduction.”
Published: 6 February, 2018
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