MAN Energy Solutions and STX Heavy Industries Co Ltd, are to cooperate on providing engine power limitation options to ship operators seeking to comply with new Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) requirements from next January. The three-year agreement will cover MAN B&W-branded low-speed engines manufactured by STX.
Shipowners will be offered options including a complete package including an EEXI assessment report, or a standalone ‘Overridable Power Limitation’ (OPL), the companies said.
The IMO’s regulation requires existing vessels to comply with the EEXI from January 2023 (although, so far, there are no penalties for not doing so). MAN has therefore developed OPL that should meet most ship operators’ requirements, OPL, the partners’ brand of engine power limitation, reduces engine power, ship speed, fuel consumption, and emissions.
However, it can be overridden should the need arise. MAN Energy Solutions’ Thomas Leander, vice president – head of Solutions & Site Manager, commented: “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.”
MAN and STX to collaborate on EEXI engine modifications