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MAN Diesel Partners Up On Action Plan with Danish Ministry of the Environment

MAN Diesel Partners Up On Action Plan with Danish Ministry of the Environment

20 March 2009. This Tuesday, MAN Diesel hosted the launching of an action plan for Cleaner Shipping. The Danish Minister of the Environment, Troels Lund Poulsen, introduced the plan at a press conference held in the Research and Development Test Centre at MAN Diesel in Copenhagen.

The Danish Ministry of the Environment and the Danish Shipowners’ Association, who formed a partnership for Cleaner Shipping in 2008, are the organisers of the action plan. The objective is to cut air pollution from Danish shipping worldwide, in the light of the requirements to the shipping industry adopted by IMO in 2008.

“The action plan focuses attention on the environment and technological products for the protection of the environment”, the minister explained. MAN Diesel has been selected as partner on the project concerning the so-called low-NOx valve, which greatly reduces both NOx and particle emissions. The valve can be retrofitted on all vessels equipped with earlier-type MAN B&W two-stroke engines.

Thomas S. Knudsen, Head of MAN Diesel low-speed business, explained MAN Diesel’s dedicated efforts within environment-improving technology, and gave an account of the positive perspectives for the shipping industry by retrofitting low-NOx valves on older two-stroke propelled vessels. “A combination of improved fuel injection and engine setting adjustments can cut NOx emissions by 10-15%”, he said.

In connection with the Cleaner Shipping project, MAN Diesel furthermore cooperates with Aalborg Industries on a project to install and test a scrubber that will clean the engine exhaust gas of particles and sulphur compounds.

About MAN Diesel
MAN Diesel is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines for marine and power plant applications. The company designs two-stroke and four-stroke engines, generating sets, turbochargers, CP propellers and complete propulsion packages that are manufactured both by MAN Diesel and its licensees. The engines have power outputs ranging from 450 to 97,300 kW. MAN Diesel employs over 7,700 staff, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, the Czech Republic, India and China. The global after-sales organisation, MAN Diesel PrimeServ, comprises a network of the company’s own service centres, supported by authorised partners. MAN Diesel is a company of MAN AG, which is listed on the DAX share index of the 30 leading companies in Germany.
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