MAN prepares for Tier III era

17 Apr 2014
MAN's ME-GI engine significantly reduces emissions compared to a traditional engine

MAN's ME-GI engine significantly reduces emissions compared to a traditional engine

With the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Tier III emissions regulation set to come in to force in the coming years, MAN Diesel and Turbo says it’s ready to support its customers “for this new era of environmentally efficient shipping”.

“I am pleased that the adoption of the IMO regulations will save us from mushrooming national regulations. Now we have a clear set of rules,” explained Dr Stephen Timmermann, executive board member.

“Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Selective Catalytic Reduction are technologies we not only have available but have operational experience with,” added Dr Hans-O Jeske, chief technology officer.

In this respect, Danish vessel Petunia Seaways is equipped with an MAN SCR system that has operated for 9,000 hours to date and follows the world’s first Tier-III compliant, two-stroke engine that was built by Hitachi Zosen Corporation in Japan for a general cargo carrier in 2011.

In addition, MAN received its first commercial order for an EGR system, to be applied aboard a 4,500 teu Maersk Line container newbuild, in 2012. The system will be fully integrated with the vessel’s main two-stroke engine, to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

But while IMO Tier III will come into force for new buildings from 2016 onwards, MAN says retrofits can already significantly enhance fuel efficiency for existing fleets.

“Any percentage point of fuel saving means lower operational costs and lower emissions – it’s a win-win situation,” added Ole Grøne, senior vice president marketing and sales of MAN’s low-speed business unit.

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