MAN touts order milestone

First ME-GA-powered LNG carrier to enter service in 2023

MAN Energy Solutions touted two recent developments: The company’s 100th order for its MAN B&W ME-GA engine since its May 2021 introduction and news that the first ME-GA-powered LNG carrier will enter service in the summer of 2023.

“The speed with which the ME-GA has reached this milestone is testament to its broad acceptance by oil majors, charterers, shipyards, ship designers and ship owners as the industry’s preferred, second-generation, Otto-cycle engine for LNG carriers,” said Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president and head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions. “This achievement adds to the strong foundation and proven track record that MAN Energy Solutions already has for bringing new technologies to the market.”

Each ME-GA engine comes equipped with Exhaust Gas Reduction (EGR) that reduces methane-slip emissions by up to 50%, compared to first-generation, Otto-cycle engines without EGR. The increased focus on methane-slip reduction – as well as other operational/technical benefits – has essentially established EGR as a new standard in contemporary, LNG carrier designs with Otto-cycle engines.

MAN Energy Solutions has announced that its MAN B&W ME-GA engine – the latest addition to its dual-fuel portfolio – has already won 100 orders since May 2021. (Image: MAN)

EGR enables the significant reduction of methane slip, while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency in both gas and fuel-oil operation. Ultimately, EGR actively reduces emissions and improves efficiency in both Tier II and Tier III.

MAN Energy Solutions’ proprietary EGR system began development more than a decade ago and was applied to a commercial project for the first time in 2013. Initially focused on achieving NOx Tier III compliance, the system has since matured into a robust, engine-tuning tool that today has accumulated orders for more than 275 engines.

Thomas S. Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The ME-GA is just the latest in a series of initiatives MAN Energy Solutions has introduced to decarbonise shipping and further the maritime energy transition to sustainable fuels. Our dual-fuel engines are based on mature technology, and our ME-GA and ME-GI LNG-fueled engines set the standard for environmentally-friendly, reliable propulsion with seamless switching between fuels.”

About ME-GA

The MAN B&W ME-GA engine delivers a low CAPEX solution aimed at certain vessel types and applications, such as LNG carriers, that are able to use ‘boil-off’ gas as a source of fuel.

Based on the well-proven MAN B&W dual-fuel design with minimal installation requirements, the MAN B&W ME-GA uses an efficient ignition concept and unique gas-admission system that delivers safe and reliable operation.

The ME-GA furthermore features minimal operational costs, simple supply and purging concepts, and low maintenance costs for its fuel-gas supply system. It joins the well-established ME-GI Diesel-cycle engine in MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke-engine portfolio, which now offers both low- and high-pressure, dual-fuel solutions for operation on LNG.

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