World’s LNG-fueled first bulker with ME-GI engine under construction
After a period of negotiation, Korean shipowner, ILSHIN and HMD (Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd.)
have signed a shipbuilding contract for a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier. As a world first for the segment,
the vessel will be powered by an MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5- GI engine, to be built by HHI-EMD
(Hyundai Heavy Industries – Engine & Machinery Division) who will also supply the ME-GI and fuel
gas supply system.
POSCO, the multinational steel-making company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea, has already
agreed to charter the newbuilding upon delivery, and will use the vessel to transport limestone for
its operations. POSCO will deliver the LNG fuel tank, which will be made of high-Mn steel as an
alternative material to the currently widely used nickel alloy.
The ME-GI dual fuel low speed diesel engine represents the culmination of many years of
development work. Depending on relative price and availability, as well as environmental
considerations, the ME-GI engine gives shipowners and operators the option of using either HFO or
gas – predominantly natural gas.
MAN Diesel & Turbo sees significant opportunities arising for gas-fuelled tonnage as concerns about
both CO2 and SOx emission increase. Indeed, research indicates that the ME-GI engine delivers
significant reductions in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. Furthermore, the ME-GI engine – in contrast
to competing engines – has only a negligible, unburnt gas slip, consequently adding very little to the
greenhouse effects of such slips. In addition, the Diesel combustion principle leaves no