The largest Russian ship owner, Sovcomflot, recently selected the dual-fuel MAN 51/60DF engine for an LNG carrier program, consisting of two confirmed vessels with an option for two more vessels.
The dual-fuel diesel electric propulsion system and the MAN 51/60DF engine have been selected to provide the vessels with a highly efficient and low emissions propulsion system, especially when running in gas mode. A high degree of redundancy and the MAN 51/60 DF engine’s multiple fueling options have been also taken into account.
The vessels are currently under construction at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea and will each be driven by sets of two 8L and two 9L51/60DF engines. The engines will be built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg plant in Germany with delivery to the Korean yard due in the fourth quarter of 2012. The first vessel is subsequently expected to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The new 51/60DF orders mark another major milestone in MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategy of expanding its environmentally-friendly dual-fuel-engine technology into the marine sector.
The first 51/60DF order for a marine application was signed in 2007 for an LNG Carrier – ‘Castillo de Santisteban’ – with five 8L51/60DF units owned by Spanish ship owner Empresa Naviera Elcano S.A., the Spanish shipping group. This vessel has successfully operated commercially since summer 2010 in the transport of LNG worldwide.