MAN to Equip World’s First LNG-Powered Fishing Trawler

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The 86-meter vessel will be equipped with a 350 cbm cryogenic fuel tank and a large battery pack. Illustration: Salt Ship Design

MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced it will supply the complete propulsion package and fuel-gas system for the world’s first LNG-powered fishing trawler.

The 86-meter purse-seiner, named ‘Libas’, will be built by Cemre Shipyard in Istanbul for Norwegian fishing group Liegruppen. The design is provided by Salt Ship Design.

The vessel will be equipped with a MAN 6L51/60DF main engine, Renk gearbox, MAN Alpha propeller system and MAN Cryo LNG fuel-gas system with a 350 m3 cryogenic fuel tank. The vessel will also feature a large battery pack which Liegruppen says will aid in propulsion. 

Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer with MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “This is a pioneering project. At MAN we are convinced that low-emission gas fuels are the silver bullet to decarbonising the shipping industry and we have made it our mission to guide our customers through that transition.”

Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine, MAN Diesel & Turbo: “This is a very noteworthy win. Our ability to provide this efficient, low-emission, proven LNG-fuelled propulsion package – a world’s first for this environmentally sensitive segment – really puts our credentials as a system provider on display.”

With the contract, MAN Diesel & Turbo says it is further expanding on its portfolio of solutions and products to help the maritime industry make the switch to cleaner-burning LNG fuel.

“We offer a full system approach with regards to gas propulsion”, Nijsen adds. “This includes new builds as much as retrofits of existing vessels. In 2017 MAN has retrofitted the world’s first container vessel to LNG and more projects are being realised as we speak.”

In 2015 MAN Diesel & Turbo has purchased and fully integrated the fuel gas specialist Cryo AB. Under the brand MAN Cryo, the company has since then offered systems for the storage, distribution and handling of liquefied gases.