JULY 24, 2014 — Japan’s Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. its first order for ME-GI electronically controlled gas injection diesel engines. It will build the MAN B&W 8S70ME-C8.2-GI engines for the LNG-fueled two 2,400 TEU /400 vehicle ConRo ships that shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. is building for Crowley Maritime Corporation.
Scheduled for deliveries in the second and fourth quarters of 2017, they will be 219.5 m long, 32.3 m wide, have a draft of 10 m, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes.
Crowley selected the high-pressure, Diesel-cycle ME-GI engines due to their high efficiency and power concentration. The ME-GI’s ability to avoid derating, and its negligible methane slip, also contributed to its selection.
Crowley reports says that the newbuildings will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions attributable to each container by approximately 38%. Additionally, the ships will meet or exceed all regulatory requirements and have the CLEAN notation, which requires limitation of operational emissions and discharges.