MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced that it has now received over 100 orders for its ME-GI engine.
FLEX LNG recently announced that the ME-GI main engines will be used as the propulsion system for two LNG carriers to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The expected delivery dates of the vessels have been postponed from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter and second quarter of 2018.
Ole Grone, Senior Vice President Low-Speed Sales and Promotions, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: "With our ME-GI order book now having passed the 100 unit milestone, we view it as a sign that our confidence in this low-speed, dual-fuel engine concept has been both well-founded and well-timed, and that we are providing what the market desires. Indeed, it seems as if the ME-GI is set to become the new industry standard."
The first two ME-GI units (MAN B&W 8L7OME-GI types), recently successfully passed their Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) in South Korea, and have now been installed aboard two 3100 teu container vessels currently under construction in the US.
MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the testbed performance of the ME-GI engines exceeded expectations.
Grone added: "The development process, particularly in relation to the seals associated with the gas-supply pressure, has been demanding but the successful FATs have shown that this challenge has been fully resolved. Overall, the ME-GI's fuel-gas system has performed extremely well, confirming our expectations and the experience gained from various demonstrations and tests.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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