Brian Østergaard Sørensen
MAN Energy Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., Ltd. (MES-M) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) regarding the low-speed, ammonia-fueled main engine that MAN Energy Solutions is currently developing. The MoU provides for keeping MOL and MES-M updated on MAN Energy Solutions’ progress in this regard, with the ultimate intention of creating the basis for a more detailed LoI (Letter of Intent) leading to an actual purchasing contract for an ammonia-burning engine during 2023. Signatories of the memorandum The signatories of the memorandum were: Yoshihiko Sugimoto, General Manager Technical Division, Technology Innovation Unit, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.; Yusuke Sakimoto, Executive Officer, General Manager of Diesel Engine Division, Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., Ltd.; and for MAN Energy Solutions: Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke; and Brian Østergaard Sørensen, Vice President, Head of Research and Development, Two-Stroke. Authority comment Sørensen said, “This memorandum underlines our mutual commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of shipping and emphasises our ambition to ensure a path towards net-zero emission, oceangoing vessels. At the same time, it shows one of the ways forward to decarbonisation for the maritime transport industry as a whole.”
Hyundai’s Ship-Building Division, HHI-SBD, has ordered 8 × MAN B&W 8G95ME-LGIM (Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) engines, in connection with the building of 8 × 16,000-teu container ships for A.P. Moller – Maersk, the global integrator of container logistics. Hyundai Engine & Machinery Division, HHI-EMD, will build the engines. The order contains an option for a further four engines, with the first of the confirmed vessels due to enter service in Q1, 2024. Methanol dual-fuel engines Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions, said “This is a massive milestone, as these engines will be the largest methanol-burning engines ever constructed. They will be based on their well-proven 50-bore counterpart, which has already been in our engine portfolio for some time, gathering more than 100,000 running hours on methanol alone.” Bjarne Foldager adds, “The 95-bore’s development is another example of our commitment towards decarbonisation and providing solutions demanded by the market.” MAN Energy Solutions MAN Energy Solutions states that the new engines will be capable of burning bio-methanol MAN Energy Solutions states that the new engines will be capable of burning bio-methanol, as well as e-methanol. The new order closely follows that from July 2021, when MAN Energy Solutions won the order to supply the world’s first, low-speed, dual-fuel engine to run on methanol, within the container segment – a MAN B&W 6G50ME-LGIM type built by HHI-EMD – to a 2,100-teu vessel also ordered at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, by A.P. Møller – Maersk. Thomas S. Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support, MAN Energy Solutions, said “As a fuel, methanol is quickly becoming an option within the large container-vessel segment where, up until now, conventional fuel and LNG have long reigned.” Switching to methanol as fuel in other ship segments Thomas Hansen adds, “We expect that this significant order will spur further market interest in methanol as a fuel, also within other ship segments, such as bulkers. Our other ME-LGIM references show methanol to be a clean, efficient and safe, marine fuel that offers a clear path to decarbonisation, through significant greenhouse-gas reductions, when produced from renewable energy sources.” Brian Østergaard Sørensen, Vice President, Head of Research & Development, Two-Stroke at MAN Energy Solutions, said “We have developed the G95 LGIM technology at our R&D test centre, in Copenhagen, based on the extensive knowledge and experience within dual-fuel technology that we have built up, over the past decade.” MAN Energy Solutions’ dual-fuel engine portfolio Brian Østergaard Sørensen adds, “In general, as we move towards a zero-carbon future, MAN Energy Solutions’ dual-fuel engine portfolio is well positioned, to handle whatever challenges the market brings.” MAN Energy Solutions states that its low-speed, dual-fuel references now exceed 466 units, with its ME-GI type recording over 1.8 million operating hours on LNG alone, while the ME-LGI platform has accumulated more than 110,000 dual-fuel running hours. MAN B&W ME-LGIM engine MAN Energy Solutions developed the ME-LGIM dual-fuel engine for operation on methanol MAN Energy Solutions developed the ME-LGIM dual-fuel engine for operation on methanol, as well as conventional fuel. The engine is based on the company’s proven ME-series, with its approximately 5,000 engines in service, and works according to the diesel principle. When operating on methanol, the ME-LGIM significantly reduces CO2, greenhouse gas, particles, NOx and SOx emissions. Additionally, any operational switch between methanol and other fuels is seamless. Tests on the engine, when running on methanol, have recorded the same or slightly better efficiency, when compared to conventional, HFO-burning engines. High fuel efficiency MAN Energy Solutions developed the ME-LGI engine, in response to interest from the shipping world, in operating on alternatives to heavy fuel oil. Methanol carriers have already operated at sea for many years, using the engine and as such, the ME-LGIM has a proven track record, offering great reliability, in combination with high fuel efficiency.
A group of leading industry players are taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies by launching the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping. The founding company partners behind this initiative are ABS, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line and Siemens. The centre, which will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is made possible by a start-up donation of DKK 400m by the A.P. Moller Foundation. Decarbonised future partnership The concrete targets and the first zero-emission vessel are bold but will hasten the developments Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Joining this partnership makes perfect sense for us as our business strategy is already significantly underpinned by system technologies that are leading our customers to a decarbonised future." "We welcome the opportunity to work with industry partners in achieving this strategy and have publicly spoken in favour of a ‘maritime energy transition’ for some time now, which draws on the increased use of low-emission fuels. The concrete targets set for carbon neutrality and the first zero-emission vessel are bold but will undoubtedly hasten their respective developments, in which we are very happy to play our part.” Carbon-neutral economy Brian Østergaard Sørensen, Vice President and Head of R&D Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Decarbonisation will be one of the largest transitions that we will see within the maritime industry for years and requires a holistic approach looking at the complete supply chain from well to wake. No technology or company can do this alone which is why we need to join forces across the supply chain to meet this challenge." "We at MAN Energy Solutions have decarbonisation as part of our corporate strategy and developing sustainable technologies and solutions is at the core of what we do. While two-stroke engine technology will likely remain the prime mover for deep-sea shipping, cleaner fuels will play a larger role in the future. MAN Energy Solutions recognises that there are several pathways to achieving a carbon-neutral economy and that we need to work together, which is why we are happy to have joined the Center.” Non-profit organisation The Center will be a non-profit organisation, set up as a commercial foundation with a charitable purpose. As an independent research center, it will work across the entire shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities. A highly specialised, cross-disciplinary team will collaborate globally to create overviews of decarbonisation pathways, accelerate the development of selected decarbonising fuels and powering technologies, and support the establishment of regulatory, financial and commercial means to enable transformation. Board of Directors The management board will be headed by Bo Cerup-Simonsen as CEO of the Centre To define the strategic direction of the Center, a Board of Directors is being established. It will also have a management board, which will be headed by Bo Cerup-Simonsen as CEO of the Centre. Bo Cerup-Simonsen holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark in Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and has a proven track record in leadership of large-scale industry projects, maritime technology, research and innovation. Appointed CEO Comments Cerup-Simonsen said: “These are the early days of a demanding and necessary transformation of an entire industry. Thanks to the A.P. Moller Foundation and the support from industry-leading partners we now have a unique opportunity to unfold the potential of a sector-wide collaboration towards complete decarbonisation." "The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping provides a solid platform for the entire eco-system to join forces, demonstrate new solutions and identify the next steps to make it happen. I’m excited to let the work begin, expanding the collaboration with a broad variety of contributors.”