招商局重工旗下的能源航运公司订购了首台VLCC双燃料甲醇发动机，该主机将由中国船舶重工集团公司柴油机有限责任公司制造，并将采用废气再循环排放系统。这艘 VLCC 由大连船舶重工有限责任公司建造，预计将于 2026 年 4 月交付。对于未来VLCC船队而言这是一个重要的标志性事件，凸显了该行业越来越关注采用替代燃料来减少碳排放和促进可持续航运。
One energy shipping company, a subsidiary of China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI), has placed an order for the first dual-fuel methanol engine in the VLCC segment. The main engine will be built by CSE (China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation Diesel Engine Co., Ltd.) and will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ proprietary Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) emissions system. The VLCC is being built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) with delivery expected by April 2026. This is an important landmark event for the future VLCC fleet, highlighting the industry's growing focus on alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable shipping.
The transition to decarbonization from the present stage to the future of shipping is a big challenge and opportunity. So far we can see that in addition to the shipping industry's interest in methanol dual-fuel power engines, we have also seen the debut of ammonia dual-fuel engines, and some shipowners are also focusing on a comprehensive variety of emission reduction measures. German ship owner Gersides Green has ordered two general cargo ships in Damen, the Netherlands, to be fitted with batteries and wind power. The 3850 DWT cargo ship was jointly developed with charterer Cargill. French ship owner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs will build three modern in China, low-emission, wind-assisted dual-fuel ro-ro vessels for Airbus Cargo. So far, containers with methanol dual fuel engines have the most new shipbuilding orders.
Whether on land or at sea, we are witnessing a grand era of decarbonization, shipowners and charterers are actively responding to it, or being exit by The Times, or becoming the leaders of The Times, and the new era of shipping requires a new way of thinking and operating.