Methanol will account for 30% of dual-fuel engine orders within a few years: MAN

Design office MAN energy solutions expects methanol propulsion to consume as much as 30% bi-fuel engine orders within a few years.

The company is preparing to supply the engines for the container line AP Moller-Maerskof the new methanol fueled tonnage order.

Earlier this month, Maersk announced that it had ordered six New 17,000 TEUs dual-fuel boxships capable of running on methanol. MAN will supply the main engines for the vessels and supply them to hyundaithe shipbuilding division of South Koreathe company said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

Engines are based on MAN ME series, which now has about 5,000 engines in service.

“We currently have a total order book for 78 ME-LGIM engines, of which 24 are firm orders for the G95 variants,” Thomas S. Hansenresponsible for promotion and customer support at MAN Energy Solutions, said in the statement.

“Additionally, 19 of our 50-bore variants are already on the water and have accumulated over 140,000 hours of operation on methanol alone.

“As a fuel, the future looks bright for methanol and we expect its adoption to encompass approximately 30% of all dual-fuel engine orders in just a few years.”

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