It is the first of its kind: the new MAN B&W
G60ME-C-LGIP can run on LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) as well as conventional
liquid marine fuels – without any loss of efficiency or performance.
Around 130 guests, including customers from mainly Asian countries,
representatives of classification societies and trade journalists, were able to
see this for themselves at the successful event held in Copenhagen on 3rd September.
Some participants took the opportunity to visit
DieselHouse first thing in the morning to get in the engine mood. The great
attraction at the company’s museum in Copenhagen is a historic two-stroke
engine that used to supply the Danish capital with electricity. Almost a
hundred years old now, this colossus is started up twice a month for visitors
to the museum, and guests attending the LGIP event also got to enjoy the
spectacle, of course. The event itself, however, had its sights firmly fixed on
Proceedings were kicked off by CSO Wayne Jones and Thomas
Knudsen, Head of Low Speed Business, who welcomed the participants. Wayne Jones
began his opening address with a presentation of MAN Energy Solutions’
strategic reorientation. Guest speaker Pontus Berg of BW LPG Limited reported
on the prospects for LPG as a marine fuel. LPG does not contain sulfur, making
it very attractive as an eco-friendly, future-proof fuel in view of the fact
that the IMO’s sulfur limits will come into force in 2020. Compared with HFO
(heavy fuel oil) LPG emits around 13 percent less CO2 and some 90 percent less particles. The
LGIP engine’s dual-fuel capability is a great advantage in the future marine
fuel market, which will be shaped by environmental compliance as well as
demand, availability and price.
It is a fantastic innovation that finally become true and we are super thrilled to be one of the first movers in this. It is really a mile-stone and something we have been looking into for a long time.
In his presentation, Rene Laursen, Senior Manager
Promotion and Sales, provided an insight into the development of the new
engine. In the two-stroke segment, MAN has been busy since 2011 with
development of modern design versions of ME-GI (gas injection) and LGI (liquid
gas injection) dual-fuel engines, first with LNG or Ethane as secondary fuel
for GI and further with Methanol as secondary fuel for LGI. The new LGIP engine
is based on the same concept as the LGI engine, but the difference and
variations in properties of propane has demanded changes in the control- and
safety system as well as design of the liquid gas injection system.
Ever stricter emission limits are reasons for the
increased demand among LPG stakeholders (producers, distributors, charterers, etc.)
for an engine that runs on LPG. This means that their vessels can use the cargo
for fuel. LPG is globally available, time-proven and simple to handle.
The real highlight of the event awaited the participants
in the afternoon. Bjarne Foldager, Head of Sales & Promotion
Two-Stroke Business, welcomed the guests to MAN Energy Solutions’ Copenhagen
site and set the scene for the presentation of the LGIP engine. They were then
able to experience the latest addition to the MAN ES two-stroke family
performing live in the company’s research center. Danish colleagues had also
set up interesting displays on the subject of LPG. Among other things, a
demonstration that simulated repairing the new engine’s components using
augmented reality was a big hit.
Feedback from participants following this tightly packed
day showed that MAN Energy Solutions has made good on its Customer Thought
Leadership promise yet again. So the event definitely struck a chord.
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