First commercial ME-LGI engine contract

19 Dec 2013

MAN Diesel & Turbo has confirmed that the letter of intent signed with Canada’s Waterfront Shipping for five Electronic LGI (Liquid Gas Injection) methanol-powered engines, has converted into a firm contract.

This is a milestone order for MAN because it's a new engine running on low flashpoint fuels like methanol or LPG rather than LNG, which fills a niche segment and delivers green emissions.

Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President, low speed promotion & sales, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “The LGI engine is designed to handle low-flash-point, low-sulphur fuels like LPG and methanol. Consequently, its green credentials are striking with emissions of sulphur being almost completely eliminated.”

The order, which stems from a Letter of Intent signed in July 2013, for a series of newbuild 50,000-dwt methanol carriers under the auspices of Waterfront Shipping’s Methanol Carrier Project, will see each vessel powered by an MAN B&W ME-LGI main engine.

The contract is for two 6G50ME-LGI engines ordered by Westfal-Larsen, two 7S50ME-B9.3-LGI by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and one 6G50ME-LGI from Marinvest/Skagerack Invest.

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. (HMD) will build the Westfal-Larsen and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest vessels, while HHI-EMD, Hyundai Heavy Industries’ engine and machinery division, will construct the engines.

For the MOL contract, Minami Nippon Shipbuilding will construct the newbuilds, while Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) will build the engines.

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