MAN Offering LNG Retrofit Discount

09 October 2017

MAN Diesel & Turbo is offering a €2 million discount for 10 ship owners who retrofit existing heavy fuel oil (HFO)-burning engines to liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The engine manufacturer is moving to encourage more owners to retrofit existing vessels to LNG power following the conversion of 1036-teu feeder containership Wes Amelie to dual fuel. The offer came at the Our Ocean 2017 Conference in Malta.

“MAN Diesel & Turbo believes that it is time for what we call a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean solutions for seaborne trade and transportation,” said Wayne Jones, chief sales officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “Just recently, my company set a new benchmark with the world’s first conversion of a container ship from conventional fuel to gas operation.”

“In order to encourage more shipowners to follow this example, MAN Diesel & Turbo is pledging a €2 million discount for 10 such LNG- retrofits to convert existing HFO engines into modern, clean, efficient gas- engines. In doing so, we hope to play our part in moving the world’s fleet towards the clean technology our industry and our oceans deserve.”

According to the company, the term ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ stems from the German expression ‘Energiewende’ and encapsulates MAN Diesel & Turbo’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gas as the fuel of choice in global shipping. It promotes a global ‘turn to gas’ driven by the IMO and a common approach of the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.

The company had launched this initiative in 2016 in the light of the historical Paris agreement, convinced that the shipping industry, too, needed to contribute. The initiative has since found a broad line of supporters in the shipping industry and German politics, the company said.

 

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