MAN to Deliver Propulsion Solution for LNG-Fuelled ME-GI Containerships
MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order to provide the propulsion systems for 2 ×
2,525-teu containership newbuildings, which will join the fleet of Pasha Hawaii, the
U.S. Jones Act carrier in the Hawaii trade lane. Each system will comprise a
7S80ME-GI Mk 9.5 main engine, 3 × MAN 6L35/44DF GenSets and an MAN Alpha
FPP propeller system. The vessels will be constructed at the Keppel AmFELS yard
in Brownsville, Texas to Keppel's proprietary design.
Bjarne Foldager – Vice President, Sales & Promotion, Two-Stroke Business at
MAN Diesel & Turbo – said: “With some 200 engines on order or already in
service, the ME-GI’s popularity continues to grow. This is yet another order within
the container segment and cements the ME-GI concept. More so, the project at
hand shows how our customers pick up on offers of complete propulsion systems
beyond just the main engine. This confirms our strategic path to develop into a
Doosan Engine will build the main engines in Korea, which will meet Tier III
emission standards by use of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation system. Similarly,
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg works will build the auxiliary engines which will
meet Tier III with the aid of a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. Engine delivery
is scheduled for 2019 with the two vessels, respectively, due for launch in Q1 and
Q3 of 2020.
Pasha Hawaii is based in Honolulu, Hawaii and provides shipping services
between Hawaii and the US mainland. The company reports that the new vessels
joining its fleet will have a sailing speed of 23.0 knots and that the ships’ hulls have
been fully optimised using computational fluid dynamics to be among the most
hydrodynamically efficient in the world.
The new vessels will operate fully on LNG from day one in service, dramatically
reducing environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Energy savings will
also be achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimised hull form, and an
underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.
When compared to conventional fuels, LNG is a much cleaner alternative fuel for
shipping and offers significant environmental benefits, including the reduction of up
to 95% in sulphur oxides, nearly 100% of all particulate matter, up to 90% of
nitrogen oxides, and up to 25% of carbon dioxide emissions from engine exhausts.
The ME-GI engine – the new industrial standard
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s successful ME-GI (-Gas Injection) engine, with over 200
engines ordered, has set a new industrial standard for two-stroke propulsion
engines aboard – among others – LNG carriers, container vessels, and bulk
carriers. The ME-GI engine provides ship-owners and operators with a peerless
solution within environmentally friendly and high-efficiency, two-stroke technology,
without the greenhouse emissions such as methane slip, which is a hallmark of
With the ME-GI engine, two-stroke development has taken a step further by
combining the unique properties of multi-fuel combustion and the well-known
reliability of Man Diesel & Turbo’s ME-engine. The Diesel principle provides the
ME-GI engine with high operational stability and efficiency, including during load
changes and fuel change-over, while defining properties such as a stable changeover
from fuel to gas with no fuel-penalties are maintained. The ME-GI engine is
the most environmentally friendly, technology available within the two-stroke
About Pasha Hawaii
Pasha Hawaii, an independent operating subsidiary of The Pasha Group, is one of
the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies serving Hawaii from the
continental United States. The company owns a fleet of six fully Jones Act-qualified
vessels and operates out of multiple port terminals. Pasha Hawaii is a trusted
partner for many of the nation’s leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S.
government agencies, providing reliable containerized and roll-on/roll-off cargo
services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland
distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the people of the State of
Hawaii and the prosperity of the Hawaii market Pasha Hawaii serves.
Rendering of the new Pasha Hawaii containership (picture courtesy Pasha Hawaii)
The ME-GI engine has won some 200 or so orders since its introduction to the market.
Pictured here, the 9S90ME-GI type
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