COSCO inks 4+9 ME-LGIM conversion deal
COSCO Line has awarded COSCO Heavy Industry Shanghai Co. Ltd. a contract to retrofit the main engines aboard 4 container vessels equipped with MAN B&W 11S90ME-C10.5 prime movers. These will be retrofitted to dual-fuel MAN B&W 11S90ME-LGIM10.5 types capable of operation on fuel-oil/methanol.
The four vessels selected - from COSCO Line’s 13,800 teu ‘Camellia’ and 20,000 teu ‘Virgo’-classes of vessels – will become the first vessels in COSCO’s fleet to sail on methanol. The first vessel of the series is scheduled for retrofit in Q2 2025 when these vessels will also become the first fitted with S90-LGIM engines to sail the world’s oceans.
The contract also includes an option for the retrofit of an additional nine vessels from the line’s 20,000 teu ‘Virgo’ and ‘Pisces’ -classes. COSCO Heavy Industry Shanghai Co. Ltd. will act as complete turnkey solution provider for the COSCO Line retrofits.