Germany’s MAN Diesel & Turbo will provide its MAN B&W 6G50ME-C9.5-GI engine to power a new liquid natural gas (LNG) powered bulk carrier owned by Korean shipowner ILSHIN.

The dual-fuel low-speed diesel engine will be installed on the 50,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) LNG-powered vessel, which will be built by HHI-EMD.

HHI-EMD will also supply the ME-GI engine and fuel gas supply system for the new carrier.

"Compared to other engines of its class, the ME-GI engine emits less CO2, NOx and SOx."

In order to build the vessel, ILSHIN has already entered into a shipbuilding contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD).

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s ME-GI engine offers ship owners and operators the choice of using either heavy fuel oil (HFO) or gas, mainly natural gas, for their ships.

Compared to other engines of its class, the ME-GI engine emits less CO2, NOx and SOx.

Following the delivery of ILSHIN’s new LNG-powered bulk carrier, South Korea’s steel-making company POSCO will charter the new building and will use the vessel to transport limestone for its operations.  

POSCO will also provide the new vessel with its LNG fuel tank, which will be made of high-Mn steel as an alternative material to the currently widely used nickel alloy.

Recently, a 19,437 twenty-foot equivalent unit (teu) container vessel, equipped with a new engine from MAN Diesel & Turbo, had entered service.

The engine, which is rated at 75,570kw, is an MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 two-stroke type that acts as prime mover aboard the MSC Jade, which is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).