MAN Secures Retrofitting Contract Triumph

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A total of 11 container ships will undergo modifications to incorporate engines that can utilize methanol as fuel.

Vessel construction

MAN Energy Solutions will retrofit the main engines of 11 container vessels owned by A.P. Moller – Maersk to run on a blend of fuel oil and methanol. The retrofitting process will be carried out by MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of MAN Energy Solutions. The ships, currently equipped with MAN B&W 8G95ME-C9.5 engines, will be modified to dual-fuel MAN B&W 8G95ME-LGIM10.5 engines capable of using fuel oil and methanol. The first retrofit is scheduled for mid-2024, and the package provided by PrimeServ includes engineering, parts, project management, on-site technical assistance, sea-trial support, and recertification services. This transition to low-carbon fuel is considered the most effective method to decarbonize the existing maritime fleet, and the container segment has been at the forefront of this energy transition. The retrofitting not only enables emissions reduction but also allows shipowners to maintain the value of their assets and avoid the need for additional vessel construction. This retrofitting project will be the first-ever implementation of methanol retrofits on two-stroke engines, facilitating greener operations with the use of green methanol.

Dual-fuel ready

According to Klaus Rasmussen, retrofitting a MAN B&W engine to run on dual fuel is a straightforward process as the engines are already designed to be “dual-fuel ready.” This statement follows the news of the successful completion of the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the first engine in Maersk’s newbuildings, known as the ‘Equinox’ class, which are also equipped with MAN B&W 8G95ME-LGIM10.5 dual-fuel methanol engines.

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