Introducing the MAN B&W ME-LGIP: the world's first dual-fuel LPG marine engine
In face of new regulations and fluctuating fuel prices, the innovative new MAN B&W ME-LGIP de-risks your investment and lets you take back control.
Ideal for new ship orders or as retrofit solution, the MAN B&W ME-LGIP builds on MAN's leadership in two-stroke, dual-fuel technology to set new standards for fuel-efficiency, flexibility and operational simplicity.
Dual-fuel means operational security
MAN B&W dual-fuel engine technologies gives you unprecedented financial and operational security.
By switching to LPG, you achieve full compliance with all SOx regulations and get a competitive edge of up to 18% less CO2 emissions, with no loss of performance or efficiency. You also retain the flexibility to use conventional fuels that will allow you to position your asset competitively regardless of market conditions.
LPG is compliant with sulphur-emission control areas (SECA) regulations and emits lower CO2-emissions which also gives credit towards your IMO EEDI compliance requirements.
LPG gives you greater financial security; it is traditionally a cheaper fuel than HFO yet delivers the same performance and efficiency.
Using our dual-fuel engine technology, you can also take advantage of fluctuating fuel prices in the future. Importantly, the ability to use LPG cargo as a fuel source provides significant cost savings for LPG Carrier owners or charterers, including reduced time and fees for fuel bunkering.
Switching to LPG helps to support operational continuity. As a widespread energy source, availability is high and LPG is easier to store and handle, compared with cryogenic gaseous fuels.
Service solutions for optimum cost-efficiency
MAN PrimeServ offers advanced modernization solutions to optimize the reliability, availability, and economic efficiency of existing equipment. Furthermore, MAN’s modernization and
retrofit solutions are tailor-made to customers’ specific applications and machinery.
The MAN B&W ME-LGIP engine
The ME-LGIP is the only liquid gas injection dual-fuel engine on the market that allows you to switch between conventional VLSFO, MGO and LPG fuels with no loss in performance and efficiency. Based on the market leading ME-C engine with uncompromising quality standards, the MAN B&W ME-LGIP delivers the long-term reliability you need, with simple installation and minimal maintenance requirements.
- Low-speed, two-stroke engine reliability and efficiency
- The new standard for LPG Carrier propulsion
- Storage and management of LPG is relatively easy
- Lower total cost of operation
- Simple retrofit solution
- Based on well-proven MAN B&W dual-fuel platform
Proven fuel for a proven platform
- Specified maximum continuous power range from 4,350 kW to 29,120 kW measured at L1
LPG as a bunker fuel
Our proven MAN B&W ME-LGIP engine uses dual-fuel engine technology that lets you take advantage of fluctuating fuel prices. By using LPG cargo as a fuel source allows for significant cost savings for the owners or charterers which also includes reduced time and fees for the bunkering. As additional benefit, LPG is easy to store and handle compared to cryogenic gasses.
Listen to our customer BW LPG’s statement regarding LPG as a bunker fuel.
Use of LPG for other ship types than LPG carriers
There are many good reasons to use LPG as a marine fuel for other ship types than LPG carriers.
LPG is a sulphur-free fuel type which makes compliance to emissions regulations easy by nature. It is widely available and also offers benefits with regards to lower fuel prices and reduced CO2 emissions.
Watch our customer BW LPG to find out more about this.
LPG as marine fuel and MAN as primemover for LPG two-stroke engines
The use of LPG are a marine fuel offers many advantages. The MAN B&W ME-LGIP engines allows operational security and flexibility to switch between conventional fuels and LPG according to your needs and current market conditions.
Tune in and watch our customer BW LPG share their experience with MAN as primemovers for LPG two-stroke engines and also highlight the benefits of this fuel type.
|Application:||Very Large Gas Carrier|
|Shipyard country:||Retrofitted to ME-LGIP in China|
|Completion:||2020 - 2022|
|MAN's work scope:||15x MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP|
|Application:||88,000 m³ Very Large Gas Carrier|
|MAN's work scope:||1x MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP|
Power into the future with confidence
BW LPG Takes Up Further Option for LPG-Retrofits
Oslo-listed BW LPG – the world's leading owner and operator of LPG vessels – has announced today that it will retrofit a further three MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 type engines to MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP dual-fuel types, capable of operating on fuel oil and LPG. This is another option of a 4+4+4+3 contract with MAN PrimeServ – MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division.
MAN Energy Solutions announced the first four retrofit orders in September 2018 in advance of the official launch of the ME-LGIP engine at its Research Centre Copenhagen, and exchanged the contract publically with BW LPG during the event. Two +4 options were subsequently confirmed with this new +3 option making a total of 15 vessels for ME-LGIP retrofits.
The confirmation of the latest option follows on the heels of the successful ME-LGIP conversion in late-October 2020 of the main engine aboard BW LPG’s LPG carrier, ‘BW Gemini’ making it the world’s first commercial vessel to be propelled by a two-stroke LPG dual-fuel engine.
BW LPG has previously commented on its choice of retrofits over newbuildings where Pontus Berg, Executive Vice President, Technical and Operations, LPG, said: “Retrofitting allows us to minimise our carbon footprint – the process emits up to 97% less carbon dioxide compared to a newbuilding construction. Retrofitting also means that we do not add additional tonnage that the world does not need. In addition, BW LPG’s fleet is already widely recognised amongst charterers for its efficiency, and so retrofitting its vessels to dual-fuel LPG would help to further reinforce the company’s strong reputation in this area.”
Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “We are very happy to confirm this option for a further three retrofits, which in great part is due to the recent successful conversion of the BW Gemini that has since re-entered service. There is no doubt but that we are moving towards a zero-carbon future with a strong global push towards sustainability. These new conversions display BW LPG’s committment to decarbonisation and showcase our dual-fuel engine portfolio that is future-proofed to handle whatever alternative fuels come to prominence in the decades ahead.”
Foldager added: “Apart from the 15 retrofits for BW LPG, three new orders in November bring our current total of newbuilding orders for the ME-LGIP engine up to 51 – a number we expect to significantly increase this month [December 2020].
The vast majority of current orders for LPG carriers over 30,000 cubic metres are with ME-LGIP technology, enabling these vessels to use their own cargo as fuel in the future. In my view, LPG as a low-carbon fuel is well on its way to becoming the new market standard in this segment.”
With LPG as a marine fuel, the BW Gemini’s output efficiencies rise by around 10% against fuel oil, which will in turn generate notable gains in total voyage fuel-economics. This, along with other advantages, secures LPG’s position as a long-term, sustainable marine fuel.
Cost-wise, LPG is also a better option than compliant fuel oil, with high lifetime-savings prospects. By leveraging LPG as a marine fuel, BW LPG’s vessels benefit from savings due to lower fuel consumption and full dual-fuel flexibility, which guards against price sensitivity to post-2020 fuel price fluctuations. Furthermore, the ability to use LPG cargo as a supplemental fuel source also reduces time and fees for fuel bunkering.
Harnessing LPG propulsion translates into cleaner, more efficient engines that are cheaper to maintain. In addition, the fuel flexibility of dual-fuel engines ensures full redundancy for uninterrupted operations.
Simultaneously, MAN PrimeServ’s research showed that a retrofit would be the most environmentally friendly solution. A retrofitted vessel generates 35 times less CO2-emissions compared to a newbuild vessel and, compared to 2020-compliant fuels, using LPG as a fuel would reduce: SOx by 99%, CO2 by 15%, NOx by 10%, and particulate matter by 90%.
About BW LPGBW LPG is the world's leading owner and operator of LPG vessels, owning and operating Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) with a total carrying capacity of over 3 million CBM. With five decades of operating experience in LPG shipping and experienced seafarers and staff, BW LPG offers a flexible and reliable service to customers. More information about BW LPG can be found at www.bwlpg.com