Methanol as a marine gas is now shifting into the automotive provider sector. The primary two methanol fueled vessels ordered for the sector —two 9,300 CEU (automotive equal unit) pure automotive and truck carriers on order at China Retailers Heavy Business (CMHI) for China Retailers Power Delivery — would be the first vessels fitted with MAN Power Options’ M 21/31 DF-M methanol gensets.
Fundamental propulsion energy in every PCTC will likely be by an MAN B&W 7S60ME-LGIM (-liquid fuel injection methanol) principal engine and every may have three small-bore, seven-cylinder 21/31DF-M, methanol gensets.
The vessels are set for supply in 2025 and 2026, and the contract contains an possibility for an additional 4 vessels.
“The vehicle-transport sector’s curiosity in utilizing methanol is at an all-time excessive pushed by the necessity for expanded capability – as a result of strong Chinese language car-sales – and emission rules,” mentioned Bjarne Foldager, head of two-stroke enterprise, MAN Power Options. “Throughout the PCTC phase, CMES is the primary mover to methanol, which we count on will determine prominently as a future gas throughout all vessel segments.”
“As blissful as we had been to initially win the principle engines for this thrilling challenge,” he added, “we’re much more happy so as to add these methanol gensets – their first such sale and one which inserts with our goal to more and more change into a provider of full decarbonisation options.”
The 21/31DF-M is predicated on a easy port fuel-injection idea that optimizes reliability, whereas concurrently minimising capital-outlay time. The inspiration for the brand new L21/31DF-M genset is the prevailing L21/31 GenSet, which has accrued greater than 55 million working hours with hundreds of engines in service. The L21/31DF-M energy vary spans 1,000–1,980 kW, which makes it appropriate for many service provider vessels.
“The transport trade is exhibiting an rising curiosity in decarbonization by working vessels on inexperienced methanol, which has spurred us to broaden our well-proven, dual-fuel genset portfolio with this small-bore L21/31DF-M engine,” mentioned Thomas S. Hansen, head of promotion and buyer assist, MAN Power Options. “The brand new genset advantages from the excessive reliability, excessive efficiency and gas flexibility of the 21/31 engine platform, whereas the likelihood to function on inexperienced methanol as a drop-in gas will increase its fuel-flexibility. On the identical time, it will increase methanol’s potential as an possibility for genset energy era aboard massive marine service provider vessels.”