MAN Energy Solutions has received approval in principle (AiP) from the Italian classification society RINA for its methanol-ready four-stroke engine.

The AiP encompasses an upgrade concept for the MAN L/V 32/44CR engine to support dual-fuel conversion for operating on methanol.

It also allows outer ship hulls to be used as bunker tanks, which helps to boost on-board fuel-storage capacity.

RINA Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) special projects manager Patrizio Di Francesco said: “This AiP is based on our recently published Methyl Alcohol Fuelled Ready notation. Methanol is a fuel with a lot of potential as a clean, carbon-neutral fuel and the industry is already showing concrete appreciation of it. “

MAN Energy is engaged in the development of solutions for methanol, which has the capacity to become carbon-neutral when synthesised with green hydrogen.

Compared to conventional marine fuels, methanol is believed to be less hazardous to marine life.

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MAN Energy Solutions new marine solutions head Elvis Ettenhofer said: “This approval by RINA is significant as we move towards net zero.

“A major advantage of our four-stroke portfolio is its inherent retrofit potential, which enables us to provide shipowners with cost-effective solutions and flexibility regarding future fuels.”

Last week, MAN Energy secured orders from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and HJ Shipbuilding & Construction (HJSC) for the delivery of G80 dual-fuel methanol engines.