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MAN to target passenger sector with latest engine

Mon 11 Sep 2017 by Paul Fanning

MAN to target passenger sector with latest engine

MAN has announced that it intends to target cruise ships and ferries with its latest 45/60 CR engine – despite it currently being a pure diesel engine.

Speaking at the launch of the new engine in Augsburg, Germany, MAN’s head of sales, cruise and ferry medium-speed and four-stroke marine, Sokrates Tolgos claimed that the new engine’s fuel efficiency made it ideal for the environmentally-conscious passenger sectors.

He claimed that the new engine is “without competition” in terms of fuel consumption, saying “This engine is playing in a new league and, for the time being, it is playing entirely on its own.” According to MAN’s figures, the 45/60 CR can achieve fuel efficiency improvements of 4-6% over its predecessor the 48/60 CR.

However, given that the sectors in question are increasingly moving to LNG and alternative power sources, is this the time to be launching a diesel engine aimed at these sectors? In answer, Mr Tolgos said “There will be a dual-fuel version of this engine, but I cannot give a timeframe.”

However, speaking to Marine Propulsion at the launch, Mr Tolgos said he did not believe that the launch of a purely diesel engine to the environmentally-conscious cruise market would prove problematic given the efficiencies available. “LNG is not a magic solution, he said. “It is still a fossil fuel, after all.”

He continued “This was always designed to be a family of engines. However, evaluations suggest that by 2030, 80% of engines will still be oil-based and we cannot afford to put all our eggs in one basket.”

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