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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 

The Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group has ordered MAN B&W 7G80ME-C10.5-GI main engines in connection with a 10-ship order for the construction of 7,000 TEU container ships for independent container vessel owner Seaspan Corporation.

The contract includes an option for five further vessels. Engine delivery is scheduled from October 2023 to 2024; Seaspan has  already secured long-term charters for the ships. Upon completion, the newbuildings will become the largest ME-GI-powered container vessels built by a Chinese shipyard.

Thomas S Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Our ME-GI engine continues to enjoy success within new vessel segments – including non-LNG-bearing carrier applications – primarily due to the ever-increasing focus on methane-slip reduction and fuel efficiency. This latest mark of the engine comes with a gas-optimised tuning that significantly improves fuel efficiency when operating on gas, while simultaneously maintaining an industry-leading, low methane-slip of just 0.20-0.28 g/kWh over its entire load range.”

Over the course of the past year, MAN Energy Solutions reports that it has received multiple orders from Chinese shipyards for ME-GI engines for a broad variety of projects including PCTCs, bulk carriers, and oil tankers.

Hansen added: “The Chinese market has great potential for us and we plan to increase the more than 1.8 million running-hours that the ME-GI has accrued to date running on LNG alone.”

MAN Energy Solutions' ME-GI (Gas Injection) engine has been specified for – among others –  container vessels, bulk carriers, tankers, LNG carriers and car carriers. The ME-GI engine's high=pressure gas system is claimed to avoid methane slip, which is characteristic of competing two-stroke engines. The ME-GI is designed for multi-fuel combustion and reliability, operating on the Diesel principle which provides high operational stability and efficiency, while ensuring reliable operation during load changes on gas with just normal additions of pilot-oil amounts. Additionally, MAN Energy Solutions has developed an ME-LGI (Liquid Gas Injection) dual-fuel engine that enables the use of more sustainable fuels such as methanol.

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