LNG heralds greener era for VW car carriers
Siem Car Carriers has officially launched its latest vessels at a naming ceremony at Xiamen Shipyard in China. The vessels will transport cars for the VW Group between Europe and China.
Launched on 15 November, the Siem Confucius and Siem Aristotle are powered by a MAN Energy Solutions’ propulsion solution and are the first, trans-Atlantic pure car truck carriers (PCTC) to operate full-time on LNG.
Mikael Adler, vice president, head of region Asia Pacific – engines and marine systems, represented MAN Energy Solutions at the event and said the launch was the culmination of several years’ work. “These vessels represent a new departure and a new ambition with their LNG-fuelled propulsion solution heralding a new era of diminishing emissions within trans-Atlantic shipping as well as within the global, car-manufacturing supply chain.
“This ties in perfectly with MAN Energy Solutions’ belief that it is time for a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean, decarbonised solutions for seaborne trade and transportation,” he said,
The vessels feature individual MAN B&W S60ME-GI dual-fuel, two-stroke engines that deliver 12,600 kW with direct injection and exhaust-gas treatment to further reduce emissions. Each main engine is accompanied by two 9L28/32DF and one 7L28/32DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines and the vessels are driven by a four-bladed 6.95m diameter MAN Alpha fixed pitch propeller of Kappel design.
MAN reports that these are the first L28/32DF units approved for Tier III operation without selective catalytic reduction and are also the first 28/32DF engines to be built in a 7-cylinder variant. All GenSets are turbocharged by individual MAN TCR 16 (for the 9L28/32DF units) or TCR 18 (for the 7L28/32DF units) turbochargers, with the entire set-up overseen by MAN’s proprietary SaCoS engine-control system.
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