Wallenius Wilhelmsen has ordered four MAN B&W 7S60ME-C10.5-LGIM (Liquid Gas Injection Methanol) dual-fuel engines capable of running on green methanol. The engines will power four new pure car/truck carriers.

The 9300 CEU (car equivalent unit) vessels will be built in China at the Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) and are scheduled for delivery from mid-2026 on. The order contains options for a further eight such vessels.

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Methanol gaining traction

‘We are securing our position as our customers’ first choice in shipping and delivering on our strategy to provide a net-zero, emission-free, end-to-end service by 2027,’ says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen. ‘We believe that methanol is the fastest way to net-zero emissions.’

Bjarne Foldager, head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions, adds: ‘Methanol is gaining momentum within the PCTC segment off the back of strong Chinese car-manufacturing figures and the introduction of new emission regulations. Within the segment, Wallenius Wilhelmsen is a major player and one of the first movers to methanol based on its own journey towards net zero. We fully expect methanol to figure prominently as a future fuel across vehicle carriers and, indeed eventually, all vessel segments.’

For MAN, it is the second newbuilding project within the PCTC segment that features the S60-LGIM engine. So far, 150 ME-LGIM engines have been ordered, with more than 23 in operation.

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