Canadian interest in new methanol-fuelled two-stroke

12 Jul 2013
Ole Grøne, MAN: “The ability of our ME-LGI engine to run on a sulphur-free fuel offers great potential”

Ole Grøne, MAN: “The ability of our ME-LGI engine to run on a sulphur-free fuel offers great potential”

The first expression of interest in MAN’s ME-LGI dual fuel two stroke has been announced, just two weeks after the concept was first revealed.

We reported on MAN Diesel & Turbo’s ME-LGI technology, which allows ME engines to operate on low flashpoint fuels such as LPG and methanol as well as conventional Diesel fuels, on 28 June. MAN has now signed a Letter of Intent with Vancouver, Canada-based Waterfront Shipping for the use of four MAN ME-LGI engines on its ships. The engines will run on a blend of 95% methanol and 5% diesel fuel.

MAN says that it developed the ME-LGI engine in response to growing interest in alternative fuels. The company says that methanol and LPG carriers have operated at sea for many years and more LPG tankers are currently being built as the global LPG infrastructure grows. With a viable, convenient and economic fuel already on-board, exploiting a fraction of the cargo to power a vessel makes sense with another important factor being the benefit to the environment. The company is working towards a Tier-III-compatible ME-LGI version.

Waterfront Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of Methanex Corporation, is a global marine transportation company transporting bulk chemicals and clean petroleum products. It claims to operate the largest fleet of methanol carriers, with 18 ships between 3,000dwt and 49,000dwt, trading in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Its four G50ME-LGI units are targeted for the end of 2013, with engine delivery to follow in the summer of 2015.

“Methanol is a sulphur-free fuel and provides many environmental and clean burning benefits. In using methanol-based marine fuel, we can reduce emissions and fuel costs at the same time,” stated Jone Hognestad, president, Waterfront Shipping.

“With increasing fuel prices and upcoming shipping regulations, we identified the need to develop an engine that can enable ships to run on alternative fuels with environmental benefits. The ability of our ME-LGI engine to run on a sulphur-free fuel offers great potential,” said Ole Grøne, senior vice-president, MAN Diesel & Turbo.

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