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MAN's research center develops and tests future ship engines: "It ought to work the first time"

The ship engines of the future are being developed and tested at MAN’s Research Centre Copenhagen, a paradise for two-stroke engine aficionados. Oil and gas are still the dominant fuels, but the climate crisis has put alternatives like methanol and ammonia on the agenda. Get a peak into the engine room.

Brian Østergaard Sørensen, head of R&D for two-stroke engines at MAN, in front of a new test engine, which MAN will use in the development of ship engines. | Photo: ShippingWatch

Four to five technicians are relaxing behind sound-proof windows, monitoring numbers and diagrams on a handful of flat-screens. One of the men – there are no women here – rests his hand on a gas handle on the control panel in front of of him, moving it backwards and forwards.

”We keep it going and make sure it doesn’t break,” he explains.

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