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.”