MAN Energy Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., Ltd. (MES-M) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). The MOU will see MAN keep the two Japanese companies updated on the low-speed, ammonia-fueled main engine that it is currently developing, with the ultimate intention of creating the basis for a more detailed LoI (Letter of Intent). The LoI in turn, would lead to an actual purchasing contract for an ammonia-burning engine during 2023.
The signatories of the memorandum were: Yoshihiko Sugimoto, general manager technical division, technology innovation unit, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.; Yusuke Sakimoto, executive officer, general manager of diesel engine division, Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., Ltd.; and for MAN Energy Solutions: Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president and head of two-stroke; and Brian Østergaard Sørensen, vice president, head of research and development, two-stroke.
“This memorandum underlines our mutual commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of shipping and emphasizes our ambition to ensure a path towards net-zero emission, oceangoing vessels,” said Sørensen. “At the same time, it shows one of the ways forward to decarbonization for the maritime transport industry as a whole.”