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Thursday, May 28, 2020 

The first in a series of 12 ultra-large containerships (ULCS) for South Korean shipping company HMM has recently been launched, powered by an MAN B&W G95ME-C10.5 low-speed main engine.

At 23,964 TEU, the HMM Algeciras is currently the world’s largest containership and has been built for operation between Asia and Europe. While the engine’s power delivery has been adjusted downwards to achieve optimal fuel consumption, the ME-C Mk 10.5 type is capable of delivering 6,870 kW per cylinder, making it the most powerful engine ever developed by MAN Energy Solutions’ Two-Stroke business. Physically, it measures almost 22m in length, 18m in height and 2,230t in weight.

Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Energy Solutions, said: “We closely follow market trends and this opportunity comes at a time when modern shipping is placing new demands on engine developers. Our new engine platform is designed to meet and even exceed such challenges. As we are able to support such a prestigious vessel with this ground-breaking technology and it’s the first in a series of ships, is very positive and important for us.”

The MAN B&W 11G95ME-C engine has been built on a new platform, an update of the Mk 9.5 incorporating improved performance, fuel consumption, emissions and cylinder condition. It features the new fuel-booster injection valve (FBIV), and top-controlled exhaust valve (TCEV). The higher efficiency of the new engine means CO2 emissions from HMM Algeciras will be about 51% lower than previous generations of container vessels.

Bjarne Foldager, SVP and Head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The market has been asking for an engine with the capability to handle the propulsion of today’s gigantic containerships and we feel that this new platform delivers in every technical regard. It is truly pleasing that it has proven itself aboard such a noteworthy vessel.”

The HMM Algeciras was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) at its Okpo shipyard in Geoje, Korea. The newbuilding measures 400ms in length and 61m beam, and was ordered in August 2018 as part an order for 12 ultra-large containerships. DSME will ultimately construct seven such vessels with fellow South Korean building giant, Samsung Heavy Industries, taking care of the remainder. All twelve vessels are scheduled for delivery during 2020.

HSD Engine Co built the new engine in South Korea. The vessel is equipped with a hybrid version of an exhaust-gas scrubber that can run with both open and closed circuits, enabling compliance with IMO 2020 fuel regulations.

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