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SHI SEASPAN BOXSHIP NEWBUILDS OPT FOR DUAL-FUEL OPERATION

SHI SEASPAN BOXSHIP NEWBUILDS OPT FOR DUAL-FUEL OPERATION

Thursday, April 1, 2021 

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has confirmed an order with MAN Energy Solutions for 10 8G95ME-GI10.5 engines in connection with the building of 10 15,000 TEU containerships for Seaspan Corporation.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2023, and will immediately after begin 12-year charters to international shipping group ZIM Lines, serving the US East Coast trade.

Thomas S. Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support, Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “This is just the latest order the well-proven ME-GI concept has won in recent months. Its service experience, low methane slip, high efficiency, and fuel flexibility – whether running on fuel-oil or LNG – remain unparalleled in a market whose momentum towards a zero-carbon future is growing rapidly.”

The ME-GI engines will come with a newly introduced PVU (Pump Vaporizer Unit), which ensures an optimal integration between the engine and LNG-supply system. MAN Energy Solutions says that its low-speed, dual-fuel references in their entirety had exceeded 360 units, with the ME-GI recording over 1.5 million operating hours on LNG alone. Since then, among other references, 10 MAN B&W 7G80ME-GI Mk9.5 dual-fuel engines were ordered in early March 2021 for a series of VLCCs, a début for the engine is this particular segment.

The ME-GI engine provides environmentally friendly and high-efficiency, two-stroke technology, without the greenhouse emissions such as methane slip that are characteristic of some other LNG-fuelled two-stroke engine types. The ME-GI engine combines the properties of multi-fuel combustion with the reliability of the ME-series engine design. The Diesel principle not only provides the ME-GI engine with high operational stability and efficiency, but also ensures 100% stable and reliable operation during load changes on gas with just normal additions of pilot-oil amounts. Furthermore, the ME-GI operational principles features a seamless change-over between gas operation and diesel operation 

Seaspan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp, owning, operating and managing 127 modern containerships representing a total capacity of about 1,073,000 TEU, and has recently announced two vessel acquisitions and 31 newbuild orders which will add a further 487,000 TEU to the fleet.

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