MAN Energy Solutions has unveiled the ME-LGIP, a two-stroke engine that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and is designed to suit large ocean vessels.
According to its statement, the ME-LGIP will be “the most environmentally friendly” two-stroke engine available, emitting up to 18% less CO2, contributing to a 90% reduction in particle matter when running on LPG as opposed to heavy fuel oil (HFO), one of most widely used fuel in the marine industry.
LPG’s environmentally friendly properties mean it can be classed as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and enables vessels to comply with the pending International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations, which limits the amount of sulphur (SOx) allowed in a vessel’s fuel to 0.5% m/m (mass by mass).
Furthermore, according to MAN, LPG is cheaper than marine gasoil (MGO), the other fuel common to commercial shipping.
Source: Port Technology