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Eastern Pacific Shipping orders LNG-fuelled box ships

Thu 21 Mar 2019 by Rebecca Moore

Eastern Pacific Shipping orders LNG-fuelled box ships
Eastern Pacific Shipping's new LNG-fuelled box ships will deploy MAN Energy Solutions' new PVU

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping has ordered 11 15,000-TEU new ships – with six of the units to operate on dual-fuel LNG.

All 11 engines involved in the order will be powered by MAN B&W-branded two-stroke engines. MAN Energy Solutions reports that the first five engines will be conventional MAN B&W 11G90ME-C units equipped with scrubbers, due for delivery between 2019-2020. The additional six units will be built as MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI dual-fuel configurations operating on LNG with delivery dates scheduled between 2020-2022.

All 11 neo-Panamax box ships will be constructed at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.

MAN Energy Solutions senior vice president, head of two-stroke business Bjarne Foldager said “We’re very pleased to have landed this significant order within such a key segment and in the face of stiff competition. We currently have 55 ME-GI engines in service that have logged over 265,000 running hours, as a result of which the ME-GI engine has become an industry standard. I thank Eastern Pacific for placing its trust in our technology.”

Each of the six ME-GI engines will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ new pump vaporiser unit (PVU), which the company says is a low-cost pump unit for supplying LNG to the ME-GI engines.

Mr Foldager added “We’re also very happy that Eastern Pacific has chosen our new pump vaporiser unit, which makes the fuel gas-supply system installation significantly more compact. Apart from the reduced cost and weight, ordering both PVU and engine from the same designer provides many other advantages, including easier integration and straightforward installation.”

The PVU is designed to pressurise and vaporise the required fuel to the pressure and temperature required by the ME-GI engine. The gas pressure is controlled by the hydraulic flow to the pump. The separate control of the three pump heads provides full redundancy and is secured by a control system with safety functions and a high degree of integration with the ME-GI engine.

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