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World’s first Tier-III-compliant, two-stroke engine unveiled in Japan
Friday, 25 March 2011 12:05

MAN Diesel and Turbo has confirmed that its new 6S46MC-C8 engine with integrated SCR fulfils the IMO’s strictest emission standards

The engine, capable of an output of almost 7MW, was constructed in the third quarter of 2010 by Hitachi Zosen at its Ariake works in southern Japan. The engine is bound for a general cargo carrier, to be built at the Nakai shipyard and scheduled to enter active service later this year. The vessel was ordered by Japanese customer, BOT Lease Co., and is operated by Nissho Shipping.

The first engine-start took place in January 2011. In connection with this, MAN Diesel and Turbo dispatched a team to Japan to commission the engine-control system – the first in a series of planned visits. The team also optimised the integration of the SCR system that removes NOx from the engine’s exhaust gas.

The SCR system features:

  • more than 80 percent NOx reduction based on the load cycle
  • more than 70 percent NOx reduction on each load point in the load cycle
  • easy switching between on/off modes for optimal emission performance on high seas and coastal waters.

MAN Diesel and Turbo confirmed that, in a world-first, the engine meets all emission requirements as stipulated by the International Maritime Organisation’s Tier-III legislation, due to come into force in 2016.

Tailored system

When bringing two-stroke engine performance up to Tier-III standard, MAN Diesel and Turbo considers both SCR (selective catalytic reduction) and EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) techniques. Based on a general evaluation of two-stroke MAN B&W engines, a high-pressure, urea-based SCR configuration was chosen as the optimal SCR solution.

“We haven’t just provided an engine and added an SCR system to it,” said Søren Jensen, Vice President Research and Development, Marine Low-Speed MAN Diesel and Turbo. “On the contrary, we have delivered a bespoke system. As engine designer, builder and catalyst designer, MAN Diesel and Turbo and Hitachi Zosen comprise a group of specialists that have delivered an optimised propulsion/emissions package of engine, engine-control system and SCR system.

“In the future, MAN Diesel and Turbo wants not only to develop engines but also to design engines with complete, emission-reduction systems. To that end, we envisage collaborating with many other partners in times to come in the same successful fashion as we have seen in Japan.”

Technical characteristics

To achieve the desired, higher exhaust-gas temperature and maximise NOx removal, the different elements of the emissions package are laid out in series, with the SCR system placed before the turbocharger.

MAN Diesel and Turbo’s engine-control system has a number of different ways to ensure the correct, exhaust-gas temperature. MAN Diesel and Turbo holds patents for a number of these methods.