MAN Energy Solutions has signed a cooperation agreement with DP World (Drydocks World), the globally renowned provider of smart logistics solutions. Effective immediately, the agreement targets common progress in the field of decarbonisation and is scheduled to run for five years, with an option to extend thereafter. Wayne Jones OBE – Chief Sales Officer, and Gaby Hanna – Senior Vice President and Head of Region – Middle East & Africa, acted as signatories for MAN Energy Solutions, while Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem – Group Chairman & CEO, signed on behalf of DP World. Key steps to decarbonise Shipping “To achieve net zero emissions, we must recognise the importance of taking urgent and immediate steps to decarbonise shipping and the way to do that is by identifying opportunities to forge partnerships, with renowned industry players and governments, to develop solutions that will allow us to reap tangible results.” said Captain Rado Antolovic, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DP World (Drydocks World). Wayne Jones said “We have worked closely with DP World on many projects, over the years and are very happy to enter into this formal agreement. In the transition towards a carbon-neutral future, we aim to achieve sustainable value-creation, by addressing the challenges inherent to the marine, energy and industrial sectors. Ultimately, we intend to develop pioneering solutions, to the issues posed by decarbonisation and will work with selected partners, to achieve this.” Strategic partnership purpose and scope Mutual areas of interest for the two companies include green-fuels infrastructure, future-proof conversions Mutual areas of interest for the two companies include green-fuels infrastructure, future-proof conversions (LNG, methanol, ammonia, etc.), hybrid drives, electric engines R&D and training, and investigation of their respective, global footprints, to further reduce the environmental impact of shipping traffic, in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. MAN - DP World partnership MAN Energy Solutions has previously collaborated with the DP World Group, on many occasions. The most recent of these was in September 2021, when the ‘ElbBLUE’, a container ship operated by charterer, Unifeeder – part of the DP World Group – bunkered 20 tons of green SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) at Brunsbüttel, Germany. In a first for commercial shipping, the fuel was generated from 100% renewable energy via power-to-X technology. Formerly known as the ‘Wes Amelie’, the 1,036-teu feeder container ship, previously made headlines in 2017, when its MAN 8L48/60B main engine was retrofitted to its current, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit, to enable dual-fuel operation. The first such conversion of its type globally, it showed that existing engines could be converted to LNG operation, with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment. Maritime Energy Transition MAN Energy Solutions believes that it is time for what it calls a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean, decarbonised solutions, for seaborne trade and transportation. Essentially, it is the company’s call to action, in order to reduce emissions and establish zero-carbon fuels, as the fuels of choice, in global shipping. It strongly promotes a common approach, by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development, and retrofits.
In a world-first for the maritime sector, the containership, ‘ElbBLUE’ – owned by German shipowner Elbdeich Reederei and operated by charterer Unifeeder – has bunkered some 20 tons of green SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) at the Elbe port in Brunsbüttel, Germany. MAN Energy Solutions held a ceremony to mark the event, which marks the first time ever that synthetic fuel – generated from 100% renewable energy via power-to-X technology – has been employed in commercial shipping. Dual-fuel operation Formerly known as the ‘Wes Amelie’, the 1,036-teu feeder container ship previously made headlines in 2017 when its MAN 8L48/60B main engine was retrofitted to its current, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit to enable dual-fuel operation. The first such conversion of its type globally, it showed that existing engines could be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment. MAN Energy Solutions praised the roles that the various partners involved in the project played The ElbBLUE sails in the North and Baltic Seas. Speaking at the event, Wayne Jones OBE, Chief Sales Officer, MAN Energy Solutions praised the roles that the various partners involved in the project played – including Unifeeder, Liquind and Wessels Marine – and commended them on their determination to drive green shipping. Eliminating future emissions He further said: “This is an important lighthouse project, essentially a proof of concept for the maritime energy transition. At MAN Energy Solutions, we strongly believe in the synthetic-fuels roadmap but joint efforts across the industry are needed to make it happen. The fact is that the respective governments need to establish a framework to make synthetic fuels readily available, while power-to-X needs to be developed on an industrial scale in order to bring down costs and make truly sustainable fuels a reality.” Stefan Eefting – Senior Vice President and Head of MAN PrimeServ, Augsburg –said: “This is a crucial step on the road to decarbonising shipping and, in Elbdeich, we have the perfect partner. In reducing or even eliminating future emissions generated by the global supply-chain, synthetic fuels and engine retrofits have a crucial role to play. While a retrofit instantly reduces a ship’s emission-levels, synthetic fuels like SNG can enable it to run 100% climate-neutrally. Today, we are demonstrating that any LNG-retrofitted ship can also run on fuels generated by power-to-X technology, and even as a mix of fuels depending on availability.” Taking appropriate measures The ElbBLUE is now set to continue its journey under the supervision of engineers from MAN PrimeServ The liquefied SNG was produced in a power-to-gas facility in Werlte, Germany, owned by kiwi AG. It is generated using 100% renewable energy. The ElbBLUE is now set to continue its journey under the supervision of engineers from MAN PrimeServ, MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division. As a result, the vessel’s direct CO2 emissions are expected to decline by 56 tons for this coming trip. Jens Moje, Managing Director Elbdeich, said: “Elbdeich’s philosophy is that the key to a successful shipping company is its ability to detect emerging, economic developments and trends – and to react flexibly by taking the appropriate measures. We view decarbonisation of the shipping industry as inevitable – and very welcome – and are delighted to play a pioneering role in its advancement.” Expecting innovative solutions Timm Niebergall, Shortsea Director Unifeeder, said: “This is a great technology showcase and we are excited to be part of this. From the perspective of a charterer and as a leading operator of Feeder & Shortsea services in Europe and around the globe, we think that the future availability of green(er) fuels will be essential. Our customers in Europe and beyond are expecting innovative solutions for improving our, and thereby also their, carbon footprint – green SNG is an interesting product and we are therefore very proud to be the first Feeder & Shortsea operator testing this new fuel on one of our vessels.” The liquefaction unit taken into operation in 2021 was specially designed for the liquefaction of SNG" Hermann Pengg-Buehrlen, CEO of kiwi AG, said: “Our e-gas facility was the world’s first multi-megawatt installation to generate synthetic natural gas from CO2 and renewable electricity. The liquefaction unit taken into operation in 2021 was specially designed for the liquefaction of SNG. We are very proud to deliver the world´s first SNG in the shipping industry to MAN and Elbdeich.” Maritime energy transition MAN Energy Solutions believes that it is time for what it calls a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean, decarbonised solutions for seaborne trade and transportation. Essentially, it is the company’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish zero-carbon fuels as the fuels of choice in global shipping. It strongly promotes a common approach by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits. Power-to-X is a number of electricity conversion, energy storage, and reconversion pathways that use surplus electric power, typically during periods where fluctuating, renewable-energy generation exceeds load. Power-to-X conversion technologies allow for the decoupling of power from the electricity sector for use in other sectors.