First LNG ferries in Japan with Yanmar engines
21 Dec 2020 - ConferenzaGNL
The Japanese marine engine manufacturer Yanmar has received an order from Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to supply dual fuel 8EY26LDF engines (LNG and marine diesel oil – MDO) to power the onboard generators of the first two Japanese LNG-powered ferries.
The Yanmar engines are destined for two ferries – provisionally named Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki – which will be built at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s Shimonoseki shipyard. After delivery, Ferry Sunflower – a company of the MOL group – will charter the ferries on the Osaka-Beppu route, respectively starting from the end of 2022 and the first half of 2023, replacing two ships currently in service.
The power of the eight-cylinder engines is 1,730 kW with a speed of 720 rpm and a generation capacity of 1,600 kWe. With excellent acceleration performance and high thermal efficiency, Yanmar claims its 8EY26LDF engines “maintain optimum combustion, enabling stable and highly reliable operation.”