MAN Energy Solutions received the award for its LPG fuelled ME-LGIP 2-stroke MAN B&W engines for propulsion of merchant ships. The engine is also able to burn the liquid parts in the volatile organic compounds (VOC) and can be retrofitted on approx. 3,000 of MAN B&W ME-C engines already in operation. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: CS & Associates S.A., The Fjords and The Ocean Cleanup.

Presenting the award Mr. John Lycouris, CEO, Dorian LPG (SA) LLC, said ‘’The alternative fuels and the engines developed for them provide a cleaner solution to the marine industry into the next decade, and as we move towards a future with more carbon-neutral fuels, MAN-ES has plans to power the vessels with the development of an ammonia engine, a close derivative of the LGIP engine. Overall, there is a strategic and technological transformation at MAN-ES which reflects their vision and their evolution from the past to the future and towards increased sustainability”

Accepting the award on behalf of MAN Energy Solutions, Mr. René Sejer Laursen, Promotion Manager, stated Shipowners have been pushing us for the last ten years to develop LPG. We think that LPG is a good fuel option for the future. In fact, LPG could work as a strategic fuel for the first 10-15 years.”

In 2018, the world’s first order for the ME-LGIP dual-fuel MAN B&W engine for operation on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was placed by Exmar. These two-stroke dual-fuel engines utilize the diesel cycle combustion process to burn LPG, which is now another fuel option that can been used in the two-stroke dual-fuel gas engine portfolio. When initiating the development of engines for operation on LPG, a close study on available technologies was carried out. It was then decided to use the ME-LGI injection concept for injection of LPG, MAN Energy Solutions said. MAN Energy Solutions explains that the LPG engine has a well-controlled combustion process, which is one pre-condition for handling fast load changes as well as stable LPG running during heavy weather, tropical and arctic conditions. The ME-LGIP engine is also able to burn the liquid parts in the volatile organic compounds (VOC), called LVOC. It is expected that VOC will be regulated in the future, so with this new engine type, this emission issue can be solved. MAN Energy Solutions further said that the ME-LGIP can be retrofitted on approx. 3000 of MAN B&W ME-C engines which is the number of ME-C engines already in operation.The ME-LGIP engines are included in MAN ES’ two-stroke engine programme offering gas engines for all kind of ships utilising two-stroke engine propulsion.

MAN Energy Solutions attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. GREEN4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for green shipping excellence, technology, initiative, clean shipping practices, green ports and personalities that are leading the path toward a more sustainable future. Other winners of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards are: Blue Planet Shipping Ltd for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Navigator Gas LLC for the Tanker Operator Award, International Windship Association (IWSA) for the Initiative Award, Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) for the Clean Shipping Award, Port of Valencia for the Port Award, Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Atlantic Bulk Carriers for the Personality Award and Mr. George Tsavliris, CYMEPA for the Leadership Award.

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2019 GREEEN4SEA Awards at https://events.safety4sea.com/2019-green4sea-awards/