China Retailers Heavy Business (CMHI) has ordered six small-bore, seven-cylinder 21/31DF-M, methanol-burning gensets in reference to the development of two × 9,300 ceu (automobile equal models) PCTCs for China Retailers Vitality Delivery (CMES).

The enterprise represents the very first order for the brand new methanol-powered, MAN four-stroke genset. MAN Vitality Options’ licensee, CMP, will construct the engines in China with first supply due in Q1, 2025.

The three × 7L21/31DF-M gensets aboard every of the 2 vessels will accompany an MAN B&W 7S60ME-LGIM (-Liquid Fuel Injection Methanol) principal engine beforehand ordered by CMHI in Could 2023. Vessel supply is ready respectively for 2025 and 2026, and the contract contains an possibility for an additional 4 vessels.

Bjarne Foldager, Head of Two-Stroke Enterprise, MAN Vitality Options, stated: “The vehicle-transport sector’s curiosity in utilizing methanol is at an all-time excessive pushed by the necessity for expanded capability – attributable to strong Chinese language car-sales – and emission rules. Inside the PCTC section, CMES is the primary mover to methanol, which we count on will determine prominently as a future gas throughout all vessel segments.”

Foldager added: “As pleased as we had been to initially win the principle engines for this thrilling undertaking, we’re much more glad so as to add these methanol-driven gensets – their first such sale and one which inserts with our intention to more and more turn out to be a provider of full decarbonization options.”

The 21/31DF-M relies on a easy port fuel-injection idea that optimises 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 gathered greater than 55 million working hours with 1000’s of engines in service. Moreover, the L21/31DF-M energy vary spans 1,000–1,980 kW, which makes it appropriate for many service provider vessels.

Thomas S. Hansen, Head of Promotion and Buyer Help, MAN Vitality Options, stated: “The transport business is exhibiting an growing curiosity in decarbonisation by working vessels on inexperienced methanol, which has spurred us to increase our well-proven, dual-fuel genset portfolio with this small-bore L21/31DF-M engine. 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 giant marine service provider vessels.”