Record-Breaking MAN B&W Engine Debuts Aboard Ultra-Large Containership

MSC Jade. Photo courtesy MSC
MSC Jade. Photo courtesy MSC

MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced that its largest and most powerful engine to date has entered into service aboard the new 19,437 TEU MSC Jade.

The engine is an MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 two-stroke engine rated at 75,570 kW (103,000 horsepower). The MSC Jade also features four MAN L32/40 auxiliary engines with a single MAN turbocharger.

The 11G95ME-C9.5 engine during shop tests in Korea in October 2015. Photo Courtesy Doosan
The 11G95ME-C9.5 engine during shop tests in Korea in October 2015. Photo Courtesy Doosan

The ultra large containership is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company and was delivered by DSME in late May. The engine was built by Doosan Engine in South Korea.

The engine is the first in a series of six ordered by MSC, with a second sister vessel scheduled currently for sea trials. Two other vessels are also completing construction at rival shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries and due for sea trials in June.

Since 2013, MAN’s G95 type engines have proven popular among the ‘large’ (9,000 to 21,000 TEU) capacity container market, with 68 installations to date.

“We attribute the G95’s popularity in this segment to its ability to provide sufficient power for such vessels to reliably achieve their desired operating speed,” said Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President Low-Speed Sales and Promotions at MAN. “Here, the G95’s rpm ensures that a propeller of optimal size can be employed, in turn delivering a low fuel-oil consumption for an optimal fuel economy.”

MAN Diesel & Turbo describes the G95ME-C9 itself as an important part its program.

“The engine, with a bore of 950 mm and a stroke of 3,460 mm, provides 6,870 kW/cylinder at 80 rpm and 21 bar MEP (in L1) and was introduced as a supplement to the successful S90ME-C9/10 engine types, allowing the engine to be further de-rated thanks to the larger cylinder bore and/or fewer cylinders to be installed.

“Following this trend, as well as those for cost-down and downsizing, the S90ME-C has recently been supplemented with a G90ME-C10 version.”