MAN nets contract for LNG-powered PCTC quartet

MAN Cryo, a unit of Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions, has signed a deal with China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International to deliver its fuel gas supply systems for four LNG-powered PCTCs.

Under the contract, MAN Cryo would supply two LNG storage tanks, each with a volume of 1.675 cbm, to the dual-fuel 7000 CEU pure car and truck carriers, according to a social media post by MAN Energy Solutions.

The scope of supply includes high-pressure gas handling equipment that will deliver gas to MAN B&W ME-GI two-stroke main engine, while also providing low-pressure gas handling equipment for auxiliary engines.

MAN Cryo will also supply the boiler and boil-off gas (BOG) management system, including two low-pressure compressors.

In addition, the contract includes port and starboard side bunkering stations and nitrogen generation system.

MAN Cryo would deliver its fuel gas supply systems for the four vessels during the third quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2023, MAN Energy Solutions said.

The company did not provide any additional information regarding the contract with GSI.

Volkswagen charter

Last year, China’s GSI won orders for a total of four LNG-powered PCTCs from SFL Corporation, controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen.

SFL said at the time it had entered into a 10-year deal for two 7,000 CEU PCTCs with a “leading Asia-based transportation company.”

After that, the firm confirmed that Japan’s K Line would charter the two newbuild dual-fuel PCTCs.

Also, German giant Volkswagen Group and the parent of MAN Energy Solutions said last year it would add two more LNG-powered vessels from 2023 as part of a 10-year charter deal signed with SFL. China’s GSI will build these vessels as well.

MAN Cryo will probably provide the fuel gas supply systems for these four ships. The Volkswagen-chartered ships will be named Wolfsburg and Emden, according to SFL’s website.

Besides these four ships, GSI recently secured a new order to build two LNG-powered PCTCs with the same capacity for South Korea’s H-Line Shipping, boosting the total to four such vessels it will construct for the Korean owner.

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