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MAN on new contract: It's pretty much a new era

It will represent a breakthrough for MAN Diesel & Turbo when, later today, the company announces the first contract for its ME-GI engine for a container ship, which will be the first ocean going ship to rely on LNG as the primary fuel.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has signed the first contract for the company's ME-GI engine. This represents a major breakthrough for the company, as the ship that the engine will be installed on will become the first ocean-going ship ever to rely primarily on liquified natural gas. This also opens up for new sales opportunities for MAN Diesel & Turbo, says Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President Low-Speed Sales and Promotions, to ShippingWatch.

"It's pretty much the dawn of a new era. Earlier this year, we celebrated the fact that Selandia was the first ocean-going ship to sail with oil as fuel, coal being the most common fuel at the time. Today, for environmental reasons, there is a lot of focus on converting to gas. And this is the first ocean-going ship to do so. So technologically, this represents a completely new era," says Ole Grøne.

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