Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping has exercised an option linked to an order for 5 × 15,000-TEU boxships that was placed in November 2017 and has also requested for another six vessels.

All the 11 engines will be powered by two-stroke engines of MAN B&W.

The first five engines will be conventional MAN B&W 11G90ME-C units equipped with scrubbers. These are due for delivery between this year and next year.

The additional six units will operate on LNG and built as MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI dual-fuel configurations. Each of the 6 × ME-GI engines will feature a new MAN Energy Solution pump vaporiser unit (PVU). The PVU is a low-cost unit used to supply LNG to ME-GI engines.

The firm developed the PVU as a standardised, compact pump unit for the supply of LNG to MAN B&W two-stroke ME-GI engines.

The six units will be delivered between 2020 and 2022.

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MAN Energy Solutions’ Two-Stroke Business head and senior vice president 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.”

“Ordering both PVU and engine from the same designer provides many other advantages, including easier integration and straightforward installation.”

Foldager further said: “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.”

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) will construct all the 11 neo-Panamax boxships.

ME-GI is claimed to be an environment-friendly, reliable propulsion technology with smooth switching between fuels while eliminating methane slip.

According to MAN Energy Solutions, it has more than 200 ME-GI units on its order books or already in service.

The company has confirmed more than 250 sales within its complete portfolio of dual-fuel engines, which operate on LNG or other clean fuels such as LPG and methanol.

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) manages a fleet with a tonnage of more than 13 million deadweight tonnes. Its vessels span container, pure car, tanker, bulk, as well as truck, gas and chemical segments. These are managed by more than 200 shore employees and 4,600 sea employees.