The MAN ES ME-LGIP engine Photo: MAN ES
MAN Energy Solutions has won a contract to supply liquid gas injection propane (LGIP) dual-fuel engines to three LPG tankers currently under construction by CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co. in Shanghai for Hartmann Gas Carrier.
Each newbuilding will receive a propulsion package featuring one 5S35ME-LGIP engine with an Alpha controllable pitch propeller, power take-off and propulsion control system. MAN ES it also expects to include its new Triton control platform with the engines. Two-stroke licensee, CMD, will construct the engines in Lingang, China with delivery scheduled during the latter half of 2021 and the contract contains an option for two further vessels.
“After the success of our dual-fuel ME-GI engine running on ethane, orders for our ME-LGIP variant capable of running on LPG are now taking off – a situation we are very pleased with,” said Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president, head of two-stroke business at MAN ES. “That the engines in this order form part of an MAN Energy Solutions’ package fits perfectly with our desire to increasingly supply complete propulsion solutions.”
LPG and the ME-LGIP engine
In gas mode the ME-LGIP engine operates on just 3% pilot oil and down to 10% load. Ultimately, the company expects the engine to operate without the need for pilot oil. The ME-LGIP engine can also burn liquid volatile organic compounds, a deliberate move on the company’s part since the IMO is expected to turn its focus towards the reduction of volatile organic compounds in the future.