MAN Energy Solutions has secured an order to supply the propulsion systems for a pair of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled containerships to be operated by US-based shipping company Pasha Hawaii.

Each of the systems will feature a 7S80ME-GI Mk 9.5 main engine, three MAN 6L35/44DF GenSets and a MAN Alpha FPP propeller system.

Doosan Engine will manufacture the main engines in South Korea. Due to be delivered next year, the engines will be equipped with exhaust gas recirculation systems to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Tier III emission standards.

MAN Energy Solutions Augsburg works will build the vessels’ auxiliary engines, which will feature selective catalytic reduction systems to comply with the Tier III standards.

MAN Energy Solutions Two-Stroke Business Sales and Promotion vice-president Bjarne Foldager said: “With some 200 engines on order or already in service, the ME-GI’s popularity continues to grow.

“This is yet another order within the container segment and cements the ME-GI concept.

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“The project at hand shows how our customers pick up on offers of complete propulsion systems beyond just the main engine.

“The project at hand shows how our customers pick up on offers of complete propulsion systems beyond just the main engine.”

“This confirms our strategic path to develop into a system provider.”

Pasha Hawaii’s 2,525 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels will be built at the Keppel AmFELS yard in Brownsville, Texas, US.

The launch of the two vessels is scheduled for the first and third quarter of 2020, respectively.

With a sailing speed of 23k, the vessels will be designed to offer improved hydrodynamic operations.

The vessels are also expected to reduce environmental impact and increase fuel efficiency as they are fully powered by LNG.

The vessels will also be equipped with an optimised hull, an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller, as well as other solutions to consume less energy.