SEA/LNG will try to leverage MAN’s focus in converting existing vessels to operate using LNG as a fuel.
In October 2017, MAN pledged a €2M (US$2.3M) discount to convert 10 HFO engines into gas engines as part of its drive to find clean solutions for seaborne trade and transportation. MAN recognises the need for collaboration across the shipping industry on the technical challenges of this vital and growing sector.
SEA\LNG also supported IMO’s Initial Strategy of reducing GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels, and highlighted the importance of LNG in supporting its achievement.
The coalition noted that this decision underlines the importance of LNG as a marine fuel and that it is a commercially viable solution. It also enables the shipping industry to comply with the regulatory demands of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap.
Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO, MAN Diesel & Turbo, mentioned:
SEA\LNG’s vision is well aligned with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategy. In 2016, after COP 21, we launched the initiative ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ that encapsulates MAN Diesel & Turbo’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gas as the preferred fuel of choice in global shipping. SEA\LNG aims to address and overcome current challenges impacting the global uptake of LNG, and MAN Diesel & Turbo is delighted to join forces with other industry leaders to support this work.