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MAN Energy ME-GI engine sails through sea trials

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MAN Energy Solutions has announced that the first ME-GI engine featuring its newly-developed pump vaporiser unit (PVU) has successfully completed LNG gas trials in Korea.

The engine is the first in a series of six neo-Panamax boxships – built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), and ordered by Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), the Singapore-based shipping company – each powered by individual MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI main engines. CMA CGM has already chartered the vessel, named Tenere, from EPS.

EPS CEO, Cyril Ducau, stated: “The successful gas and sea trials and the on-schedule delivery of CMA CGM Tenere make for an important MAN and EPS milestone. Three years ago, we committed to investing in alternative marine fuels, like LNG, to lead the industry towards decarbonisation and environmental preservation. This commitment included selecting MAN’s high-pressure ME-GI engines, which are highly efficient and, importantly, reduce methane slippage to negligible levels. These vessels will be IMO 2030 compliant years ahead of schedule and will be the cleanest vessels of their category on-the-water today. My sincerest thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting project.”

MAN Energy Solutions further reports that the engine is the largest and most powerful (MCR 68 640 kW) gas-engine it has produced to date with service experience from ME-GI operators recording a gas-availability rate of greater than 98%, testament to its stability and reliability. The new engine also features a raft of recent, technical developments, including the PVU and a pilot booster injection valve (PBIV), in line with the company’s strategy to increasingly supply more-complete propulsion solutions.

Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “I am delighted to receive the positive reports from these successful gas-trials where testing has proceeded smoothly according to the plan laid for the engine’s entry into service. I am also very encouraged by the reports of good cylinder conditions. The ME-GI engine is mature technology that has accumulated multiple references in multiple segments and is further improved by the introduction of the PVU, which ensures an optimal integration between the engine and supply system.”

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