IMO decision to move forward with Tier III rules underscores MAN view that pushing technology readiness is right thing to do
“We are ready for IMO Tier III”, said Dr Stephan Timmermann, MAN Diesel & Turbo Executive Board Member responsible for Marine Systems and After Sales. “We have the technologies in place to support our customers for this new era of environmentally efficient shipping. I am pleased that the adoption of the IMO regulations will save us from mushrooming national regulations.
Now we have a clear set of rules”, added Timmermann.
The company’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Hans-O. Jeske, underpinned its technological readiness: “Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Selective Catalytic Reduction are technologies we not only have available but have operational experience with.”
In this respect, Danish vessel Petunia Seaways is equipped with an MAN SCR system that has reliably operated for 9, 000 hours to date and follows the world’s first Tier-III-compliant, two-stroke engine that was built by Hitachi Zosen Corporation in Japan for a general cargo carrier in 2011.
Similarly, the company received its first commercial order for an EGR system,
to be applied aboard a 4, 500-teu Maersk Line container newbuilding, in 2012.
The system will be fully integrated with the vessel’s main two-stroke engine, to
be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries’ engine & machinery division.
MAN Diesel & Turbo has also met the Tier III challenge by introducing dualfuel
engines that can operate on clean-burning gas. The two-stroke, highpressure
ME-GI and four-stroke, 51/60DF engines were introduced with
success in 2013 and 2012 respectively and give shipowners and operators the
option of using either HFO or gas, depending on emission and price
Experts across all disciplines at MAN reckon that emissions regulation will
remain a key driver for maritime technology development. “For MAN Diesel &
Turbo, it is important to offer a variety of solutions so that customers can best
balance their needs in terms of cost efficiency, environmental efficiency and
operational profile”, Jeske explained. “For decades to come, we will see a
rivalry of fuels. Versatility will be key. This is why we offer highly efficient, dual-fuel, two- and four-stroke engines, emission-control equipment and highly developed propeller designs.”
“While fuel prices remain high and emissions become ever more stringent, ship owners look for the most efficient solutions for newbuildings and existing ships”, said Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales, for MAN’s Low-Speed business unit. “From an environmental point of view, low-sulphur fuels such as methane, natural gas and LNG are highly relevant – all the more reason for us to be pleased with the success of our ME-GI engines.”
While IMO Tier III will come into force for newbuildings from 2016 onwards, already today retrofits can significantly enhance fuel efficiency for existing fleets. “Any percentage point of fuel saving means lower operational costs and lower emissions – it’s a win-win situation”, Grøne concluded.
About MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. It designs two-stroke and four-stroke engines that are manufactured both by the company and by its licensees. The engines have power outputs ranging from 450 kW to 87 MW. MAN Diesel & Turbo also designs and manufactures gas turbines of up to 50 MW, steam turbines of up to 150 MW and compressors with volume flows of up to 1.5 million m³/h and pressures of up to 1, 000 bar. The product range is rounded off by turbochargers, CP propellers, gas
engines and chemical reactors. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s range of goods includes complete marine propulsion systems, turbomachinery units for the oil & gas as well as the process industries and turnkey power plants. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand. The company employs around 14, 000 staff at more than 100 international sites, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, India and China. MAN Diesel & Turbo is a company of the Power Engineering business area of MAN SE.
Picture’s caption: Graphical rendering of a two-stroke, dual-fuel MAN B&W 8L70ME-GI engine. The ME-GI is capable of running on both HFO and gas – predominantly natural gas but also LPG and methane. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports a strong market reception to the engine