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MAN to provide LNG-powered engines for Eastern Pacific Shipping

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MAN Energy Solutions has announced that Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping has exercised an option connected with an order for 5 × 15 000 TEU boxships placed in November 2017, and requested another six vessels.

According to the statement, all 11 of the engines involved in the order will be powered by MAN B&W-branded two-stroke engines. MAN Energy Solutions claims that the first five engines will be conventional MAN B&W 11G90ME-C units equipped with scrubbers that are due for delivery between 2019 and 2020. The other six units will be built as MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI dual-fuel configurations operating on LNG, with delivery dates between 2020 and 2022. MAN Energy Solutions claims that each of the 11 neo-Panamax boxships will be built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI).

Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “We’re very pleased to have landed this significant order within such a key segment and in the face of stiff competition. We currently have 55 ME-GI engines in service that have logged over 265 000 running hours, as a result of which the ME-GI engine has become an industry standard. I thank Eastern Pacific for placing its trust in our technology.”

According to the statement, each of the 6 × ME-GI engines will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ new pump vaporizer unit (PVU). This is an innovative, low-cost pump unit for the supply of LNG to the ME-GI engines.

Foldager added: “We’re also very happy that Eastern Pacific has chosen our new pump vaporizer unit, which makes the fuel gas-supply system installation significantly more compact. Apart from the reduced cost and weight, ordering both PVU and engine from the same designer provides many other advantages, including easier integration and straightforward installation.”

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