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MAN: It will take years to adapt the market to gas

MAN Diesel & Turbo expects the same amount of orders for gas engines in 2014 as in 2013. "It'll take many years for natural gas and other alternative fuels to displace heavy fuel," says Thomas S. Knudsen, CEO of MAN Denmark.

Even though MAN Diesel & Turbo has high expectations for developments in the market for gas engines, these are not expectations that will be realized during a year or two. According to CEO of the company's Danish division, Thomas S. Knudsen, 2013 was the year in which the market opened up for real, with around 50 orders for new ships set to have one or more of the supplier's gas engines, ME-GI, installed. This involves 58 engines in total, both for LNG vessels, container ships, and RoRo vessels in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

But the company expects the amount of orders in the coming year to be at a level similar to 2013, and compared to other engines, the gas market only accounts for a fraction, as the company typically receives orders for around 1,000 to 2,000 ships a year, Thomas S. Knudsen tells ShippingWatch:

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