Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. announced today the winning of an order to supply four dual fuel 2-stroke engines to Japan’s biggest shipbuilder, Imabari Shipbuilding. The Mitsui-MAN B&W 7G70ME-C9.2-GI engines, once built, will be installed aboard two liquefied natural gas carriers currently under construction for Spanish shipping line Empresa Naviera Elcano SA.
These are the first two electronically controlled gas injection engines to be built in Japan according to Mitsui which holds a license from Danish engine manufacturer MAN to build their 2-stroke engines.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Mitsui Engineering secured an additional order to build ethane-burning engines for three 85,000 cbm liquefied ethane gas carriers to be constructed by China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group and delivered to Germany’s Hartmann Reederei in 2015 and 2016.
Akinori Maruo, general manager of Mitsui’s diesel engine sales department expects engines that burn natural gas or other forms of cleaner energy to make up about 30 percent of its total diesel engine orders by 2020, up from a single percent now.