First of six LNG-fueled box ships completes trials

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Eastern Pacific Shipping’s newbuilding Tenere has jsuccessfully passed gas trials with an ME-GI engine featuring a PVU (Pump Vaporizer Unit) and PBIV (Pilot Booster Injection Valve) [picture courtesy EPS]

The first in a series of six LNG-fueled neo-Panamax containerships has successfully completed sea and LNG gas trials in Korea. The ships are being built for Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping at the HSHI (Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries) shipyard and are each powered by an MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI main engine. The engines are the first to feature MAN Energy Solutions’s Pump Vaporizer Unit (PVU).

CMA CGM has already chartered the first vessel, named Tenere, from Eastern Pacific.

“The successful gas and sea trials and the on schedule delivery of CMA CGM Tenere make for an important MAN and EPS milestone,” said Eastern Pacific CEO Cyril Ducau. “Three years ago, we committed to investing in alternative marine fuels, like LNG, to lead the industry towards decarbonization and environmental preservation. This commitment included selecting MAN’s high-pressure ME-GI engines, which are highly efficient and, importantly, reduce methane slippage to negligible levels. These vessels will be IMO 2030 compliant years ahead of schedule and will be the cleanest vessels of their category on-the-water today. My sincerest thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting project.”

MAN Energy Solutions says that the engine is the largest and most powerful (MCR 68,640 kW) gas-engine it has produced to date, with service experience from ME-GI operators recording a gas-availability rate of greater than 98%, a testament to its stability and reliability.

The new engine features a number of recent, technical developments, including the PVU and Pilot Booster Injection Valve (PBIV).

Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “I am delighted to receive the positive reports from these successful gas-trials where testing has proceeded smoothly according to the plan laid for the engine’s entry into service. I am also very encouraged by the reports of good cylinder conditions. The ME-GI engine is mature technology that has accumulated multiple references in multiple segments and is further improved by the introduction of the PVU, which ensures an optimal integration between the engine and supply system.”

HHI-EMD announced the completion of the shop test for the first of the six ME-GI engines at the end of January 2020. MAN Energy Solutions reported at that time that the engine had successfully run at 100% load in gas mode during testing, capably handling load-changes and maintaining an impeccable cylinder condition. MAN Energy Solutions also reportedthat time that the engine – without any need for additional testing – had successfully passed its FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) and performed completely according to expectations, flawlessly handling loadchanges and fuel change-overs while maintaining impeccable cylinder conditions.


The successful Eastern Pacific gas-trial marks the commercial debut of the PVU8000, the largest PVU ever produced by MAN Energy Solutions and the largest available on the marine market. The unit ensures the reliable flow of LNG through a compact design that – through individual control of the cryogenic pumps (cold-ends) – provides the redundancy required to ensure high reliability at all times.

The engine also features MAN Energy Solutions’ new Pilot Booster Injection Valve (PBIV), which employs smaller or larger atomizing holes – depending on fuel mode – to inject fuel into engines. As such, in gas mode, the use of smaller holes significantly reduces pilot-oil consumption to just 1.5%, approximately half of what was previously required; diesel mode employs the larger-sized holes. The PBIV valves represent MAN Energy Solutions’ latest pilot-injection technology, which caters for dual-fuel running by optimising SPOC (Specific Pilot Oil Consumption).

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