Surprise first orders for ultra-long-stroke engine

30 Jun 2011

MAN Diesel & Turbo believes that its assessment of the two-stroke market has proved correct with a number of Greek shipowners showing concrete interest in the company’s new, G-type, ultra-long-stroke engine programme.

Athens-based shipowner Thenamaris has placed a surprise order for four 6G80ME-C9.2 engines to power four 5,000TEU container vessels, to be built by Hyundai in South Korea. Specifications for the contract indicate a ship speed of 21.5 knots with a design draft of 12m. Hull numbers S616 – S619 have already been assigned to the newbuildings with the first ship scheduled for delivery in August 2013. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that another, Greek shipping company is currently undertaking a technical evaluation on the feasibility of using the 6G80ME-C engine in a series of 4,800TEU container vessels to be built at Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding in China.

MAN Diesel & Turbo states that it is also currently involved in several, active VLCC projects where the G80ME-C9.2 is the preferred engine choice. Indeed, this vessel type was originally the primary target behind the introduction of the G80ME-C9.2 engine. The shipping industry is currently debating whether or not VLCC lay-out speed should be reduced to 13 knots from the existing 15 to 15.5 knots, a scenario which MAN says the G80 is tailor-made to meet.

Ole Grøne – senior vice president low-speed promotion & sales – said: “We are delighted with the market response to the G-type. We viewed its introduction as both viable and timely and are pleased that the market has seen fit to back this up. We always follow developments in the shipping market closely and have kept a close eye on the trend for fuel optimisation in recent years. As such, we experienced great interest in the G-type engine during the extensive consultations MAN Diesel & Turbo held with industry partners, stemming from which we initiated a variety of projects with shipyards and major shipping lines during the lead-in to the G-type’s market introduction.”

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