Yanmar has received an order from Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) for dual fuel 8EY26LDF type engines, developing 1,730 kW each.
The engines will be used to power generators on board Japan’s first two LNG ferries (provisionally named ‘Sunflower Kurenai’ and ‘Sunflower Murasaki’).
They are to be built at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s Shimonoseki Shipyard.
MOL group company Ferry Sunflower will charter the ferries after their delivery and operate them on the Osaka/Beppu route from the end of 2022 through the first half of 2023, as replacements for vessels currently in service.
LNG fuelled vessels are being adopted globally as a means of reducing environmental impact. As this trend has grown in recent years, dual fuel engines have attracted attention. Their ability to run on both readily available diesel, as well as environmentally friendly LNG, allows them to satisfy the IMO’s Tier 3 regulations, whilst also reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
With features, such as load fluctuation tracking, acceleration performance, and high thermal efficiency, in addition to precision air-fuel ratio control technology, Yanmar’s 8EY26LDF engines are claimed to always maintain optimum combustion, enabling them to deliver stable, highly reliable operation.