MAN Energy Solutions has signed a cooperation agreement with STX Heavy Industries of Korea to deliver its three EEXI (Energy Efficiency eXisting ship Index) solutions to MAN B&W-branded low-speed engines manufactured by STX HI.
The goal behind the agreement is to provide STX HI customers with an EEXI solution to help accelerate the pace for EEXI compliance. Depending on customers’ requirements, the solutions provided in the agreement offer a complete package with an assessment report, or just a standalone OPL (Overridable Power Limitation). With immediate effect, the agreement is set to run for an initial period of three years.
Thomas Leander, VP Head of Solutions and Site Manager, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “I am happy we have reached an agreement with STX HI that will help customers become EEXI-compliant. This also means a lot to us given our commitment to helping customers meet market demands regarding decarbonisation.”
Chun-Dong Kim, SVP and Head of Engine Components and Retrofit Service Division, STX HI, said: “We are very pleased to take this opportunity to reach an agreement with MAN Energy Solutions who will provide the relevant solution for EEXI regulation while STX HI will provide a reliable solution for decarbonisation to customers. Starting with this agreement, we look forward to further cooperation with MAN in the future to respond to environmental regulations.”
IMO’s MEPC 335(76) regulation that will come into force from January 2023 requires vessels already in service to become EEXI compliant. MAN Energy Solutions has therefore developed an OPL that it believes meets the majority of shipowners’ request for a simple, economical solution that complies with the impending regulation. OPL reduces carbon emissions by restricting the maximum power – and thus, fuel consumption – produced by prime movers to a lower value than what was originally designed and certified for.
Under the terms of the agreement, STX HI will resell MAN Energy Solutions EEXI compliance solution for all STX HI-manufactured, MAN B&W-branded ME and MC engines. To accommodate customers as quickly as possible, STX HI will install the OPL solution on all such units.