China Merchants Energy Shipping, a prominent player in the maritime industry, has taken a momentous leap towards sustainability by placing an order for the world's first methanol-fueled engines for Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs). This significant move marks several notable achievements, including the global premiere of the S60ME-LGIM variant, the first utilization of methanol as a fuel for PCTC engines, and the construction of the first Chinese-built methanol engine.
The engines, which will be equipped with MAN Energy Solutions' cutting-edge Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system, will be manufactured by CSE in China. The scheduled delivery of the vessels is set for 2025 and 2026, with the option to build an additional four vessels included in the order.
Bjarne Foldager, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, expressed enthusiasm for the growing interest in methanol as a fuel for ocean-going vessels, particularly in the container vessel and vehicle-transport sectors. Foldager highlighted the expansion plans of major players in the vehicle-transport sector, driven by robust Chinese car sales and the need to comply with new emission regulations. By embracing methanol, CMES is not only expanding its business but also enhancing its long-term profitability, aligning with the global push for sustainable practices.
Thomas S. Hansen, Head of Promotion and Customer Support at MAN Energy Solutions, emphasized the viability of their methanol concept, citing over 400,000 running hours at sea with methanol-powered engines. Hansen also revealed the recent expansion of their methanol portfolio, which now encompasses the S60-, G60-, and G45-LGIM variants. This broadened range of methanol-propelled engines caters to various vessel applications, including container vessels, bulk carriers, tankers, and general cargo vessels like PCTCs.
China Merchants Energy Shipping's bold step towards methanol as a sustainable fuel showcases their commitment to driving the maritime industry's energy transition. With MAN Energy Solutions' technological expertise and an increasing interest in methanol-powered engines, this partnership sets the stage for methanol to play a prominent role in reducing emissions and fostering a greener future for shipping.
As the industry looks towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, this groundbreaking order from China Merchants Energy Shipping sets a precedent for other maritime companies to explore alternative fuels and contribute to the global efforts in combating climate change.