MAN Energy Solutions has won an order from German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd for engines with LNG-powered capability and equipment for six ultra-large container vessels to be built in South Korea.
Hapag-Lloyd has 234 modern container ships and is joining other global shipping lines in having LNG fuel capacity for its new vessels.
The engines will operate on LNG, but have sufficient tank capacity to operate alternatively on conventional fuel.
MAN Energy Solutions, based in Copenhagen, said the Hapag-Lloyd order comprises six MAN B&W 11G95ME-GI Mk10.5 main engines for the six ULCVs with 23,500 twenty-foot equivalent units.
The Korean shipyard, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, will construct the vessels with delivery expected from April through December 2023.
“The engines will also be built in Korea and will offer the option of operating on LNG or conventional fuel, meeting Tier III emission standards through SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction),” said Man Energy.
The first engine delivery for Hapag-Lloyd newbuild is scheduled for May 2022.
“With the investment in six ultra large container vessels we will not only be able to reduce slot costs and improve our competitiveness on the Europe-Far East trade, but also take a significant step forward in modernizing our fleet. Additionally we will further reduce our environmental impact,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive of Hapag-Lloyd.
The newbuilds will be deployed on the Europe-Far East routes as part of The Alliance and will significantly increase Hapag-Lloyd´s competitiveness in this trade.
Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy, said the newbuilds would be fitted with the tried and tested M-Type Electronically Controlled-Gas Injection (ME-GI) technology, which continues to accumulate positive references across multiple segments.