Qatari shipping company Nakilat and LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Co. Ltd have agreed a deal with MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.
The plan to convert an existing low-speed diesel LNG carrier to use LNG as fuel reinforces Qatar’s commitment toward the environment.
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) will complete the ship’s conversion at its Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard facilities in Qatar’s Port of Ras Laffan. The modification will utilise MAN Diesel and Turbo’s ME-GI systems.
The Q-Max will be the world’s first low-speed marine diesel engine to be converted to use LNG as a fuel. The modification will meet current known and future stated global emissions regulations.
This project is further evidence of Qatar’s proactive approach to the sustainable development of the country’s marine industry. So far the use of LNG as a bunker fuel source in the LNG shipping industry has been applied to conventional steam driven LNG carriers and more recently to dual or tri-fuel diesel electric LNG ships with low pressure injected, medium speed four-stroke diesels.
The use of ME-GI as an alternative will allow a cleaner fuel technology with a significant reduction in environmental emissions and cleaner burning engines with potential to increase mean time between maintenance. It will also provide flexibility of fuel supply to react to market changes and reduced bunkering activities, which in turn will offer operations and marine risk reduction.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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