MAN to supply engines for LNG carriers to China and Japan
MAN has received orders from China and Japan for a total of 35 dual fuel engines for LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers. The value of the two orders totals about 100 million Euro.
For a consortium comprising Shanghai-based CSLNG, a subsidiary of China Shipping, Sinopec Kantons and MOL, MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply 30 MAN dual fuel large-bore engines of the 51/60DF type for six LNG carriers. The newbuildings are the first big LNG carriers with a duel fuel diesel-electric propulsion system to be built in China. The ships, each with a payload of 174,000 m3, will be built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard near Shanghai. The steel-cutting ceremony for the first ship will take place in January 2014. The sixth ship will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017. When delivered, the ships will load LNG in Gladstone, Australia, and deliver it to the Chinese import terminals at Qingdao, Beihai, Tianjin, Lianyungang and Wenzhou.
Additionally, MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply five MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines for a LNG carrier being built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. in Japan. The carrier, which has a payload of 182,000 m3, will be built at the Kawasaki Sakaide shipyard in the southwest of Japan. Delivery of the engines is scheduled for 2014.
Dual fuel engines can be operated with liquid as well as gaseous fuels. In gas mode the MAN 51/60DF engines reach considerably reduced emission levels and therefore already fulfill the requirements of the future emission standard Tier III of the International Maritime Organization.
“The two orders from China and Japan confirm that leading shipping companies rely on MAN Diesel & Turbo’s expertise for dual fuel engines”, says Dr. René Umlauft, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo.
The engines for both orders will be built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg works, where they also have been developed.