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MAN Diesel & Turbo ME-GI Engine to Power World’s Largest LNG-Fuelled Bulker

Following the recent announcement that plans had been made for the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled bulk carrier, it has been revealed that the 50,000 DWT bulk carrier, to be owned by Korean ship owner, Ilshin Shipping (ILSHIN), will be powered by a MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5-GI dual-fuel engine.

The ME-GI engine is a dual-fuel low speed diesel engine that allows ship owners to use either heavy fuel oil (HFO) or natural gas to meet emissions reductions requirements for CO2, sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).   The engine also has a negligible, unburnt gas slip, which means that it does not contribute to the greenhouse effects of such slips. In addition, the Diesel combustion principle leaves no formaldehyde emissions.

The LNG fuel tank will be made from POSCO’s high manganese steel for its fuel tank, rather than traditional nickel alloy.  The manganese contains approximately 20% manganese, which means it can store LNG down to temperatures of -162℃.

The ship is to be built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd (HMD) and chartered by POSCO to transport limestone, while the engine will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries – Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD).

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