MAN Heart for Angelicoussis Shipping’s New Vessels

first_imgzoom Four new vessels, ordered last week by Maran Tankers Management (MTM) and Maran Gas Maritime, oil tanker and gas shipping units of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL), will each be fitted with MAN engines, according to the company’s statement.Angelicoussis Shipping’s units ordered two ME-GI powered 173,400 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and two 318,000 dwt Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs).With a length of 295 meters and a breadth of 46 meters, the LNG carrier pair will be fitted with MAN B&W 2 x 5G70ME-C9.5-GI gas and fuel burning engines fulfilling IMO Tier III by EGR in both gas and fuel mode. MAN said that this engine type is expected to raise fuel efficiency compared to a standard LNG carrier, while at the same time lowering emissions.The new VLCCs, which will be 336 meters long and 60 meters wide, will each be powered by a single MAN B&W 7G80ME-C9.5 high-efficiency engine fitted with the latest fuel saving technologies and an exhaust gas recirculation system ensuring Tier III compliance, MAN said.The vessels order, placed with the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), includes options for up to four more units.DSME earlier said that the contract is worth some KRW 5.8 billion (USD 501 million) and represents the biggest deal signed by the yard so far this year.Should the options for two more LNG carriers and 2 VLCCs be exercised, the order value would be brought up to KRW 11 billion (over USD 1 billion).The LNG carriers and the VLCCs are slated for delivery in 2019 and in the first half of 2018, respectively.Angelicoussis Shipping has 21 ships being built at DSME’s yards.last_img read more

Western Sahara Annan recommends 2month extension for UN mission

In his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), circulated to Council members today, the Secretary-General suggests extending the Mission’s mandate until 31 March in order to give the parties time to consider the proposal for a political solution, which provides for self-determination as requested by a Council resolution adopted last July. The Secretary-General recalls that James A. Baker III, his Personal Envoy guiding negotiations to end the conflict over the Western Sahara, travelled to the region just last week to present and explain the proposal to the parties and neighbouring countries. “Every possible option has been presented to the parties, aimed at reaching an agreed solution,” Mr. Annan says, emphasizing that the responsibility of reaching a positive conclusion now rests solely with the parties of the conflict. On the basis of Mr. Baker’s visit, which included meetings with the Moroccan Government and the leadership of the Frente POLISARIO, as well as officials from neighbouring Mauritania and Algeria, the Secretary-General says that he and his Personal Envoy will soon provide to the Council their views of the options available regarding Western Sahara. “As the parties consider the proposal,” the Secretary-General says, “I urge them to keep in mind the years of suffering this long-standing question has caused to thousands of innocent people in the Territory, in refugee camps and who remain prisoners of war.” He also urges the parties to seize this new opportunity to provide the people of the Western Sahara a better life. read more