LGP-Fuelled ME-LGIP to Power Chinese VLGC

Further shipowners turning to LGP in advance of 2020 emissions deadline




Jiangnan Shipyard, owned by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has ordered an LPG-burning MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engine in connection with the building of an 86,000-m3 VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) for Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM), the Chinese shipping company. Vessel delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2021 and includes an option for a second vessel.


Bjarne Foldager – Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “With 2020 and the new IMO emissions fast approaching, interest in using LPG as a fuel – within and outside of the LPG carrier segment – is growing due to its sulphur-free character, widespread availability, price competitivity, and ease of bunkering. At MAN Energy Solutions, we feel that the introduction of the ME-LGIP is proving timely.”


MAN Energy Solutions already won the first orders for the new engine earlier in 2018 when Hanjin Heavy Industries announced that it would construct 2 × VLGCs (Very Large Gas Carriers) in their Philippines Facilities for Exmar, the Belgian integrated gas-shipping company. The 86,000 m3 newbuildings will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine.


The company could also announce the first retrofit orders for the ME-LGIP in September 2018 when it signed a contract with Oslo-listed BW LPG for the world’s first retrofitting of four MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 HFO-burning engines to 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines. The order includes options for further retrofits in the future with work expected to begin during 2020.


Foldager added: “In gas mode, the ME-LGIP engine operates on just 3% pilot oil and down to 10% load. Ultimately, we expect the engine to operate without the need for pilot oil. The ME-LGIP can also burn liquid volatile organic compounds, a deliberate move on our part since the IMO will inevitably turn its focus towards the reduction of volatile organic compounds in the future. Accordingly, we view the ME-LGIP as also ideally suited to the propulsion of shuttle tankers and very large crude carriers.”


The MAN B&W ME-LGIP engine

MAN Energy Solutions revealed its latest two-stroke engine type at a ceremony in Copenhagen in September 2018. The ME-LGIP (-Liquid Gas Injection Propane) engine builds on the success the company has had with its ME-GI and ME-LGI dual-fuel engines, which have won over 250 orders since their introduction to the market. Employing essentially the same proven technology, LPG has now been added to the expanding list of non-HFO and alternative fuels that MAN Energy Solutions’ two-stroke technology can exploit.


The Diesel principle provides the ME-LGIP engine with high operational stability and efficiency, including during load changes and fuel change-over, while defining properties such as a stable change-over from one fuel type to another with no fuel-penalties are maintained. The negligible gas slip of the ME-LGIP engine makes it the most environmentally friendly, two-stroke technology available.


MAN Energy Solutions expects a strong demand for the ME-LGIP engine from very large gas carriers (VLGCs) and coastal vessels.


MAN Energy Solutions also reports that the ME-LGIP engine has experienced an up to 18% reduction in CO2 and circa 90% reduction in particulate matter when running on LPG, compared with HFO.


The Maritime Energy Transition

The development of the ME-LGIP engine to burn LPG is part of the ‘Maritime Energy Transition’, an umbrella term that covers all MAN Energy Solutions activities in regard to supporting a climate-neutral shipping industry.


The term stems from the German expression ‘Energiewende’ and encapsulates MAN Energy Solutions’ call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gases as the fuels of choice in global shipping. It promotes a global ‘turn to gas’, driven by the IMO, and a common approach by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.


Launched in 2016 after COP 21, the initiative has since found broad support within the shipping industry and politics.


LPG installation

With the ME-LGIP engine, LPG joins the list of liquid, environmentally-friendly fuels that can power MAN Energy Solutions’ portfolio of two-stroke, dual-fuel engines, which are available from all licensees. MAN Energy Solutions further reports that it expects ME-LGIP installation aboard merchant vessels to be extremely competitive price-wise, compared to other, dual-fuel-burning engine types.


LPG as fuel

Due to ever more stringent emission limits, many LPG carrier operators called for MAN Energy Solutions to develop an LPG-fuelled engine that could power LPG carriers in the most viable, convenient and economical way using a fraction of the cargo already onboard.


LPG is an eminently environmentally-friendly fuel, in much the same class as liquefied natural gas (LNG), and an LPG-fuelled engine will significantly reduce emissions, enabling vessels to meet the stringent IMO SOx emission regulations due to come into force globally from 2020. As well as being an important step towards reaching the 2050 IMO GHG targets, LPG also gives credit towards IMO EEDI compliance requirements.


LPG’s future as a viable fuel for general marine transportation looks promising as it will not require as large an investment in infrastructure – such as bunkering facilities – in contrast to other, gaseous fuels. As a widespread energy source, availability is high and LPG is easier to store and handle, compared with cryogenic gaseous fuels.


Furthermore, LPG is traditionally a cheaper fuel than MGO yet delivers the same performance and efficiency. Importantly, the ability to use LPG cargo as a supplemental fuel source provides significant cost savings for LPGC owners or charterers, including reduced time and fees for fuel bunkering. Accordingly, MAN Energy Solutions expects a strong demand for the ME-LGIP engine from very large gas carriers (VLGCs) and coastal vessels from its introduction.


The ME-LGI concept

With a new injection concept, initially developed for methanol, the ME-LGI concept greatly expands the company’s dual-fuel portfolio and enables the exploitation of more low-flash-point fuels such as ethanol, dimethyl ether and, now, LPG.


The engine’s ‘ME-’ prefix indicates that the new engine benefits from well-proven electronic controls that also encompass the fuel being injected by the so-called Fuel Booster Injection Valve. This innovative fuel booster, specially developed for the ME-LGI engine, ensures that a low-pressure fuel-gas supply system can be employed, significantly reducing first-time costs and increasing reliability.


The ME-LGI came about due to interest from the shipping world in operating on alternatives to HFO. Methanol and LPG carriers have already operated at sea for many years and many more LPG tankers are currently being built as the global LPG infrastructure grows. With a viable, convenient and comparatively cheap fuel already onboard, it makes sense to use a fraction of the cargo to power the vessel with an important, side-benefit being its positive, environmental performance.



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SURVITEC OPENS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SERVICE AND DISTRIBUTION HUB IN SINGAPORE



Leading safety and survival specialist Survitec has opened a new service and distribution hub in Singapore to meet increased demand from customers across the Asia Pacific region.


The extensive complex in Singapore’s Sembawang district covers a 7,153m2 area, of which 1308m2 is outdoors. With more than 200 personnel, it is Survitec’s largest service and distribution centre globally, housing three distinct business units: WH Brennan & Co Pte Ltd, Survitec Safety Solutions Pte Ltd and Survitec Fire Solutions Pte Ltd.


Speaking during the facility’s official opening on the 9th January, Survitec CEO James Drummond said: “We are delighted to cut ribbon on this state-of-the art facility and welcome our distinguished guests to explore the site.


“The product and service diversity of the Singapore facility is unique to Survitec. The investment into this site will ensure continuous growth for Survitec S.E. Asia, capitalising on the strategic location of Singapore as a major regional maritime, cruise and aviation hub in one of the world’s most dynamic regions.”


Many of Singapore’s leading maritime industry figures attended the opening, including senior executives from the Royal Navy and UK MoD, governmental officials, shipowners, ship management companies, shipyards, and suppliers.


Danny Lien, President of the Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers & Services (SASS), who attended the event, said: “I extend my heartiest congratulations to Survitec on the opening of its new facilities in Singapore. The well-equipped facilities complemented by professionally trained staff will certainly move the Port of Singapore up the value chain. I am confident that Survitec will continue to be a valuable contributor to Singapore’s maritime services ecosystem.”


Joseph Choo, Managing Director, Survitec SEA, said: “This great site, perhaps the largest in Survitec for service and distribution, allows us to merge the sales and operations of the three entities as one Survitec. This allows us to offer greater services to our customers, locally, regionally and globally.”


The Survitec products and services supplied by the Singapore facility include, rental life rafts, fire-fighting equipment, safety, rescue and evacuation systems, and marine electronics equipment, such as EPIRBS. The markets Survitec Singapore services includes the region’s maritime, defence and aviation sectors.


Survitec’s Southeast Asia business has grown exponentially over the last ten-years and today the company operates branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Korea, serving more than 5,000 customers across the region.


“Over the last 10 years, we have been very focused on growing our business, serving our existing customer base to the best possible standards and winning new customers in new market segments. The new Sembawang facility is indicative of that success and in maintaining growth to deliver rigorous new product development and servicing programmes,” added Choo.



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MAN 32/44CR Scores Unique Off-Shore-Wind Reference




MAN Energy Solutions has won an order to supply the engines for a new heavy-lift crane installation-vessel for Oslo-based OHT (Offshore Heavy Transport), the specialist heavy-transport-and-installation contractor. MAN’s scope of supply covers 4 × MAN 12V32/44CR GenSets with a total output of 28,800 kW.


The new vessel will be built at the shipyard of China Merchants Heavy Industry in Haimen/Nantong with delivery due in Q4, 2020. The order is for a single vessel, with options for three more.


Lex Nijsen – Vice President, Head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “We are very pleased to have won this order. The MAN 32/44CR engine’s multiple references – as well as its excellent references for similar projects within this very segment – were a decisive factor in its selection.”


MAN Energy Solutions describes the MAN 32/44CR engine as future-oriented technology whose common-rail technology delivers significant fuel savings and low operating costs. Nijsen added that the engine meets the customer’s requirements for modern and reliable technology that would continue to deliver high outputs even at high ambient temperatures, a dynamic load response, and minimal exhaust emissions. The design of the 32/44CR engine with its proven robustness moreover contributes to the highest reliability, simple maintenance and long maintenance intervals. Additionally, and for many years now, all medium-speed engines from MAN Energy Solutions have been prepared for Online Service, which offers several benefits to clients like increased availability of engines, rapid and comprehensive support for the operating personnel.


Alfa Lift design vessel

The Alfa Lift is a heavy installation crane vessel design with semi-submersible heavy transportation capabilities. The vessel is designed to install all types of bottom fixed offshore wind foundations and will also transport and install topsides and subsea modules, in addition to other heavy cargoes within oil and gas. Featuring a free deck length of 148 m, and a free deck area of 8,100 m² (main) + 2,470 m² (foredeck), the vessel has accommodation for 100 people.



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Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber systems – 10 years at sea




The arrival of 2019 leaves just one year until the global sulphur cap becomes reality. But as the marine industry scrambles to ready itself, an important milestone has already been reached. The new year marks a decade since the first vessel set sail with an Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber on board.

 

In 2009, the RoRo vessel DFDS Ficaria Seaways entered dry dock for an expansion of its cargo space. While the vessel was being rebuilt, a hybrid PureSOx system – able to perform closed-loop as well as open-loop scrubbing – was retrofitted to clean the exhaust gas from its 21 MW main engine. At the time of the pilot installation, the prospects for SOx scrubbers were anything but certain.

 

“Ten years ago, there were many who didn’t think SOx scrubbers were feasible,” says Erik Haveman, Sales Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning at Alfa Laval. “People simply weren’t convinced that a scrubber could meet ECA limits while operating in a marine environment, and the doubts about closed-loop scrubbing were even greater. Alfa Laval had sold scrubbers as part of inert gas systems for many years, and we had the water cleaning expertise needed for closed-loop operation. But the system and the challenges here were on a completely new scale.”

 

A decade later, the merits of both the scrubber and the centrifugal water cleaning unit are undeniable. The PureSOx system on Ficaria Seaways has spent thousands of hours in compliant operation – and is still going strong. In fact, so is every other PureSOx system ever installed. This flawless track record is unmatched by any other supplier to the industry, and it is underpinned by Alfa Laval’s 100 years of marine experience as a whole.



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New High-Pressure SCR for Two-Stroke Engines Lands First Reference

Uniquely, MAN Energy Solutions offers both SCR and EGR as NOx solutions within two-stroke sector




MAN Energy Solutions has announced the very first order for its SCR-HP (Selective Catalytic Reduction – High Pressure) product. Mitsui (MES) has ordered 3 × SCR-HP (cluster 3) units in connection with the building of three 87k-dwt bulk carriers for the Ocean 21 Holdings company.


Each bulker will be powered by a single MAN B&W 6S46ME-B8.5 low-speed engine delivering 9,900 kW at 84 rpm, and aspirated by an MAN TCA66 turbocharger. The engines will accordingly meet IMO Tier III emission standards. Delivery dates for the three SCR-HP packages are set respectively for December 2019, and March and May 2020.


Ralph Klaunig, Vice President, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The MAN SCR-HP is the market’s most compact system. Regardless, it’s always a challenge – and an important milestone – to land a first reference but we expect MAN SCR-HP sales to push on now as a result of this order. Crucially, we are now the only manufacturer capable of delivering both exhaust-gas after-treatment solutions: high-pressure selective catalytic reduction, and exhaust-gas recirculation – including an electrical turbo blower. This allows our two-stroke customers to choose their preferred option as best fits their situation. It is also another step towards a greener future for the shipping industry and global trade as a whole.”


Klaunig continued: “With this engine and turbocharger – both built under license by Mitsui – and the SCR-HP built in-house at our Deggendorf facility, MAN Energy Solutions can rightly call itself a supplier of complete solutions. As an original equipment designer and manufacturer, our product knowledge gives us the greatest competence to develop and fine-tune solutions to our customers’ great benefit.”


SCR-HP background

MAN Energy Solutions introduced SCR-HP along with licensee, MES, in 2017. The development of the new system is based on MAN’s in-house competence with four-stroke engines, for which it can already reference more than 650,000 operating hours.


The MAN SCR-HP is available for two-stroke engines of all bore sizes and reduces – through internal catalytic reaction – NOx exhaust emissions to IMO Tier III limits. With specially developed honeycombs and honeycomb materials, as well as an integrated mixing unit, the overall size of the reactor has been drastically reduced compared to typical market designs and its medium-speed counterpart.


NOx solutions

Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is an internal engine process that prevents the formation of NOx by controlling the combustion process, while Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) is an after-treatment method that uses a catalyst and an additive to reduce the NOx generated by the combustion process.


The MAN SCR-HP Series

The SCR-HP comes in six frame sizes, covering engines up to 25 MW with one reactor for the entire exhaust stream. Larger engines will require two reactors, which can be arranged in a multi-setup similar to turbochargers.


The SCR-HP system consists of the reactor – including mixing unit, urea injection lance, honeycombs and soot blowers – along with a module-based supply system, as well as the reactor’s control unit that communicates with the engine-control system.


The SCR-HP system is available for Scheme A and Scheme B classification approval. Scheme A approval includes a certification of the complete system on the engine test bed, SCR and original piping.


Approval via Scheme B reduces complexity for all involved parties. The engine is tested in IMO Tier II mode on a test bed. MAN Energy Solutions then models the SCR system and calculates the Tier III mode. On the parent engine, this mode is certified on board during engine commissioning. This Scheme B approval is confirmed by several classification societies and reduces the test demands required of the engine licensee. The process is well established in MAN’s medium-speed sector, and over 100 systems are already in the order book awaiting Scheme B certification.



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Crowley Continues Strong Start to 2019 with Arrival of 1,500 New Containers  



To better serve its diverse customer base, Crowley Logistics has invested almost $30 million in new cargo carrying equipment over the last year. The latest arrivals under this acquisition include 1,500, 45-foot (102-inch wide) dry container units, which are being delivered to multiple port locations where they will be assimilated into Crowley’s equipment fleet. 


These containers follow the company’s December 2018 receipt of 400 new 40-foot, high-cube refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers for use by perishables customers between the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean. The company expects to receive 150 new, 40-foot flat-racks in the coming months to serve these markets as well. 


“As we enhance and grow our services to meet the needs of customers, our investment in new equipment is crucial to ensuring we have the industry’s best equipment in the right locations, when it is needed by our customers – especially when it comes to the diverse products we handle,” said Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “In fact, since 2013, we’ve reduced the average age of our equipment fleet from over 15 years to an average of nine. This modernization allows us to continue to serve the needs of our customers with fast, reliable solutions, and will continue to be a focus for our logistics team.”


Since 2003, Crowley has invested nearly half-a-billion dollars in new cargo equipment for its fleet. Today, the company operates more than 53,000 pieces of owned and leased intermodal equipment, including more than 19,500 chassis, 23,000 dry containers and 5,200 refrigerated containers – all of which come in a variety of sizes and are strategically located throughout the U.S, Central America and the Caribbean.



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