Matson Navigation Firm will convert the primary engine aboard its container ship, Kaimana Hila, from a MAN B&W S90ME-C10.5 unit to a dual-fuel ME-GI unit able to working on LNG. In doing so, it’s exercising an possibility contained in a contract it signed with MAN Power Options in June 2022 to carry out an equivalent conversion on a sister ship, the Daniel Okay. Inouye. The Kaimana Hila was inbuilt 2019 and MAN Power Options’ after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, will carry out the 3600 TEU vessel’s retrofit.
Klaus Rasmussen, Head of Tasks and PVU Gross sales, MAN PrimeServ, mentioned: “This order is the newest instance in an rising development of homeowners selecting dual-fuel retrofits for his or her present vessels in service to attain fleet-transformation objectives whereas concurrently gaining advantages when it comes to upcoming laws akin to CII and EEXI. Retrofitting a MAN B&W engine to dual-fuel working is easy as our customary, electronically-controlled diesel engines are constructed as ‘dual-fuel prepared’, and subsequently readily retrofittable. Such retrofits provide a viable pathway to shipowners that want to obtain a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.”
“This would be the third vessel Matson is retrofitting with dual-fuel LNG functionality. Every retrofit is a significant step towards attaining our company sustainability objectives to attain a 40% discount in Scope 1 greenhouse fuel fleet emissions by 2030 and net-zero Scope 1 GHG emissions by 2050,” added Captain Jack Sullivan, Matson’s Senior Vice President, Vessel Operations & Engineering.
The choice take-up comes on the heels of the current announcement by Matson of the development of three LNG-powered newbuilds that will even be pushed by ME-GI engines.
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