Engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions has secured an order to deliver six main engines for Hapag-Lloyd’s LNG-powered 23,500+TEU ultra-large container vessels.

The MAN B&W 11G95ME-GI Mk10.5 engines will be manufactured in Korea.

By meeting Tier III emission standards through selective catalytic reduction (SCR), these engines will provide the option of functioning on LNG or conventional fuel.

The first engine will be supplied in May 2022.

MAN Energy Solutions stated that the vessels will be built by Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, with delivery expected between April and December 2023.

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said: “With the investment in six ultra-large container vessels we will not only be able to reduce slot costs and improve our competitiveness on the Europe – Far East trade, but also take a significant step forward in modernising our fleet. Additionally, we will further reduce our environmental impact.”

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As part of THE Alliance, the new vessels will provide services on the Europe – Far East routes, which will considerably intensify Hapag-Lloyd’s competitiveness in this trade.

The engines will run on LNG but possess adequate tank capacity to operate on conventional fuel as an alternative option.

MAN Energy Solutions senior vice-president and head of two-stroke business Bjarne Foldager said: “These newbuilds will be fitted with mature ME-GI technology that continues to accumulate references across multiple segments. The engines’ fuel-efficiency and negligible methane-slip tie in perfectly with Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy of sustainability.

“As we move towards a zero-carbon future, the ME-GI showcases our dual-fuel engine portfolio that is future-proofed to handle whatever alternative fuels come to prominence in the decades ahead.”

Last October, the company supplied five 6G70ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines for five Newcastlemax bulk carriers for Singapore-based shipping corporation EPS.

A month prior, Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) placed an order for two 6G60ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines for oil-product tanker owner Hafnia’s two LR2 tankers.

MAN Energy Solutions stated that its low-speed, dual-fuel references now surpass 360 units, with the ME-GI recording more than 1.5 million working hours on LNG alone.