MAN expands methanol options

By Jack Burke07 March 2022

Company cites market demand

MAN Energy Solutions has expanded its dual-fuel marine engine portfolio for methanol operation.

“The increasing interest in the application of our dual-fuel methanol engines to reduce the carbon footprint of marine vessels has led MAN Energy Solutions to design three new engines for methanol operation,” the company announced. “We have seen a growing popularity of methanol as a clean-burning, low-carbon and, potentially, a net zero-carbon fuel if green methanol is burned.”

Since 2016, 14 50-bore engines of the LGIM type have entered service. At the end of 2021, MAN Energy Solutions introduced two new engines to the methanol dual-fuel portfolio.

“MAN Energy Solutions has decided to expand the dual-fuel portfolio even further by designing G60, S60, and G70 engine versions for methanol operation,” the company said. “This will give owners and operators the choice between seven engines and five bore sizes designed for methanol operation.”

The expansion of the LGIM-engine portfolio is also a response to an increasing interest in methanol engines for different vessel types. Planned schedules for introducing the new 60- and 70-bore engines:

  • S60ME-C – design delivery schedules expected from end of Q2 2024 at the earliest;
  • G60ME-C – design delivery schedules expected from end of Q2 2024 at the earliest;
  • G70ME-C – decided for design (detailed schedule not yet decided).

The actual schedules will be evaluated at the time of ordering, the company said.

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