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MAN wins contract to convert RoPax ferries to LNG operation

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MAN PrimeServ has announced that it has been awarded a contract to convert two RoPax ferries from Spanish operator Baleària Eurolineas Maritimas S.A. to dual-fuel operation.

Sister vessels Nápoles and Sicilia are currently each powered by 2 x MAN 9L48/60A main engines. These will all be converted to 9L51/60DF units, which will allow running on LNG.

Thomas Spindler, Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, PrimeServ Four-Stroke, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “We showed – with the conversion of Wessels Reederei’s Wes Amelie containership – that operational MAN engines can successfully be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment. We are very happy that Baleària has seen fit to bring these benefits to a new segment and application and look forward to the conversion procedure.”

Director General of Operations at Baleària, Ettore Morace, added that the company’s commitment to the environment “is a strategic line for the company based on the use of LNG and other clean energies as well as fleet eco-efficiency.”

The conversion of the Nápoles is scheduled to be carried out in Spain between November this year and January next year. The conversion of the Sicilia meanwhile is scheduled to take place between October and December 2019. The Sicilia operates on the route between Barcelona and Ibiza, while the Nápoles currently operates on the Algeciras – Tanger Med route.

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