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MAN B&W DUAL-FUEL ENGINES FOR EPS BULK CARRIERS

MAN B&W DUAL-FUEL ENGINES FOR EPS BULK CARRIERS

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 

New Times Shipbuilding, located in Jiangsu Province, China, has ordered three MAN B&W 6G70ME-GI main engines for a trio of 210,000 dwt bulk carriers for Singapore-based shipping company Eastern Pacific (EPS).

CSSC-MES Diesel (CMD) will build the engines in China, while metals and mining corporation Rio Tinto will charter the vessels upon their entering service. The contract includes an option for three further vessels.

The new order follows a contract with MAN Energy Solutions for 6G70ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines in connection with the construction of five 210,000-dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers, again for EPS, which will subsequently be chartered to Australian mining company BHP for a period of five years.

Thomas S Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The ME-GI engine is now the market standard for large, dual-fuel bulk carriers as the value chain in the segment has further increased its focus on decarbonisation. Here, this mature technology’s negligible methane-slip and the inherent potential of alternative fuels, such as LNG, are significant advantages and demonstrate to the industry that viable options for lowering carbon footprints exist. These vessels will be among the cleanest and most efficient in their segment, as well as being IMO 2030-compliant well in advance of the legislation.”

MAN Energy Solutions says that its low-speed, dual-fuel references now exceed 374 units, with the ME-GI recording over 1.6 million operating hours on LNG alone.

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