MAN to equip first LNG-powered fishing vessel

MAN to equip first LNG-powered fishing vessel MAN Diesel & Turbo is supplying the propulsion system for the LNG-powered Libas

MAN Diesel & Turbo has been selected to provide a complete propulsion package and fuel-gas system for the world’s first fishing vessel with LNG propulsion. 86-metre pelagic vessel Libas will be built by Cemre Shipyard in Istanbul.

It will feature a MAN 6L51/60DF main engine, Renk gearbox, MAN Alpha propeller system and MAN Cryo LNG fuel-gas system with a 350m3 tank. Liegruppen has ordered the new vessel, while Salt Ship Design has provided the design.

“This is a pioneering project. At MAN we are convinced that low-emission gas fuels are the silver bullet to decarbonising the shipping industry and we have made it our mission to guide our customers through that transition,” said Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer with MAN Diesel & Turbo.

“This is a very noteworthy win. Our ability to provide this efficient, low-emission, proven LNG- fuelled propulsion package – a world’s first for this environmentally sensitive segment – really puts our credentials as a system provider on display,” commented Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The delivery of the new LNG-propulsion package is part of MAN’s wide ranging engagement for the establishment of LNG as a shipping fuel. Calling for a Maritime Energy Transition the company considers the use of natural gases as the fuels of choice in global shipping as the most promising way to supporting the goal of a climate-neutral shipping industry. Launched in 2016 after COP 21, MAN’s initiative has since found broad support within the shipping industry and politics.

MAN Diesel & Turbo customers benefit from an industry leading portfolio of solutions and products to help make that fuel-switch.

“We offer a full system approach with regards to gas propulsion,” Lex Nijsen added.

“This includes new builds as much as retrofits of existing vessels. In 2017 MAN has retrofitted the world’s first container vessel to LNG and more projects are being realised as we speak.”

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