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MAN Diesel & Turbo eyes gas engine breakthrough

MAN  Diesel & Turbo feels the consequences of the slow development of an LNG structure. The company has a fully developed LNG gas engine, which has now spent two years on the shelf. Customers are now starting to show interest, also for LPG engines.

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MAN Diesel & Turbo feels the slowness of the development process to establish a structure for gas to serve as fuel for ships. The Danish company has had its version of an LNG engine ready for a few years now, but the shipping companies have shown very little interest, says senior vice president of MAN Diesel & Turbo, Ole Grøne, to ShippingWatch. Only now have Asian shipping companies started to express an interest, and next month brings a customer demonstration in Korea - and another in Japan in 2013, where the company will demonstrate its LNG engine. The engine is MAN’s suggestion for how ships can sail on LNG in the future.

“The LNG market is very slow, and it’s having a very hard time getting up and running. The problem is simple: there’s not enough “gas stations,” but we see the projects coming now, with the first projects. Right now, only LNG tank ships can use LNG as fuel, which obviously limits the market,” says Ole Grøne.

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