MAN Energy Solutions has announced that Singapore-based carrier Eastern Pacific Shipping has requested MAN B&W engines for six new-builds, adding to an initial order made in November 2017.
Eastern Pacific originally asked MAN to implement engines on five 15,000 TEU container ships, with scrubber-equipped MAN B&W units scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2020.
According to a statement, the additional six units will be built as MAN B&W dual-fuel configurations, which are able to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
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Once all the engines are delivered to Eastern Pacific, 11 neo-Panamax vessels will be constructed at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI).
Bjarne Foldager, Senior VP and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN, said: “We’re very pleased to have landed this significant order within such a key segment and in the face of stiff competition.
“We currently have 55 ME-GI engines in service that have logged over 265,000 running hours, as a result of which the ME-GI engine has become an industry standard. I thank Eastern Pacific for placing its trust in our technology.”
#Singapore-based Eastern Pacific #Shipping has exercised an option connected with an order for 5 × 15,000-teu boxships placed in November 2017, and requested another six vessels. All 11 engines will be powered by MAN B&W-branded two-stroke engines. https://t.co/wkDEYaXLbP pic.twitter.com/fhGPVTwj1F
— MAN Energy Solutions (@man_e_s) March 21, 2019
MAN has also revealed that it will equip the six new engine units with its pump vaporizer unit (PVU), an innovative, low-cost pump unit for the supply of LNG.
Foldager commented: “We’re also very happy that Eastern Pacific has chosen our new pump vaporizer unit, which makes the fuel gas-supply system installation significantly more compact.
“Apart from the reduced cost and weight, ordering both PVU and engine from the same designer provides many other advantages, including easier integration and straightforward installation.”