MAN ES confirms engine order for EPS dual-fuelled bulk carriers

MAN Energy Solutions will supply its 6G70ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines for five 210,000 DWT Newcastlemax bulk carriers under construction for Singapore-based EPS and which will go on a five-year charter with Australian mining giant BHP.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022 and will transport iron ore between Western Australia and China.

Cyril Ducau, CEO of EPS, commented on the contract award: ‘This deal also sends a clear signal to the industry that progressive companies, like BHP, have viable options to lower their carbon footprint today.

‘When these vessels deliver in 2022, they will be the cleanest and the most efficient in the entire dry bulk shipping fleet and will be IMO 2030 compliant eight years ahead of schedule.’

Thomas S. Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support, MAN Energy Solutions, added: ‘This order is notable in that these Newcastlemax bulkers are the first dual-fuel vessels of their size and show the capability of our engine technology.

‘It also shows that the bulk segment – as well as the tramp trade – is keenly aware of the need to deal with greenhouse gases, and the inherent potential of alternative fuels. Our recent Hafnia order is another example of this trend.’

Last month, Guangzhou Shipyard International Co., Ltd. (GSI) placed an order with MAN ES for two 6G60ME-GI Mk 10.5 dual-fuel engines to power two LR2 tankers for Hafnia, which will be chartered by Total.

Hansen also noted: ‘It’s encouraging that major market players are giving such consideration to the environment. In this respect, the ME-GI engine’s negligible methane slip is a significant advantage. The ME-GI is mature technology that continues to accumulate references in multiple segments.’

BHP is expected to award the LNG bunkering supply contract for the five bulk carriers as early as this month.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes