MAN ES to retrofit NCLH engine to dual-fuel methanol

MAN Energy Solutions has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH) for the retrofit of a four-stroke MAN 48/60 engine to dual-fuel for diesel/methanol operation.

The MoU provides for a multi-stage project with the third and final stage involving the completion of field testing and engine handover to NCLH for commercial operation, the engine manufacturer said yesterday (4 October).

‘At MAN Energy Solutions, we understand the need to form alliances on the road to decarbonisation,’ said Bernd Siebert – Head of Retrofit & Upgrades at MAN PrimeServ. ‘NCLH is a long-time partner with whom we have successfully cooperated on projects in the past and, in the context of this important venture, is the first cruise company that we have chosen to work with.’

Siebert continued: ‘As a fuel, methanol is quickly becoming an option within the market. It is a clean, efficient and safe future-fuel that offers a path to decarbonisation through significant greenhouse-gas reductions, and is net-zero when produced from renewable energy sources. This memorandum underlines our mutual commitment to reducing shipping’s environmental footprint and has the potential to show the way to net-zero for – not just the cruise segment – but the maritime transport industry as a whole.’

As previously reported, in August, MAN ES signed an MoU with Stena Teknik and Proman for their mutual cooperation on a project to retrofit MAN 48/60 engines to make them capable of dual-fuel, diesel and methanol operation.

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Rhys Berry