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Modern bulk carriers must adapt to new requirements

Bulk carriers dominate international waters, making up over 40% of the total world fleet operating today. But operators face growing demands of reliability, efficiency, and low maintenance costs.

Efficiency and durability – a must for modern bulk carriers


This attractive and important transport segment continues to grow along with increasing global market volumes, but needs to adapt to more stringent requirements.

Today’s bulk carrier owners need cost-effective propulsion systems with low initial costs to make their operations profitable. Since bulk carriers often sail in environmentally sensitive areas, their engines need to meet strict limits for NOx, SOx, and particulate emissions. With stricter IMO restrictions, finding high-efficiency propulsion systems with low fuel consumption is key. Operators need the best two-stroke engines that meet low rpm demands to achieve ideal ship designs with highly efficient large propellers.  


Since the year 2000, more than 8,000 bulk carriers have been equipped with MAN B&W two-stroke engines

MAN B&W two-stroke engines: The best solution for your bulker

Efficient and environmentally friendly

Our two-stroke engines are the best solution for the propulsion of all kinds of merchant vessels, such as your bulk carrier. All of our two-stroke engines are manufactured by a family of licensees—mainly based in Asia.

The main advantages of our electronically controlled ME engines: optimized fuel, lube oil consumption as well as improved low load operation, built on decades of success enjoyed by their mechanically controlled predecessors.

Power for your bulker: MAN B&W two-stroke engines

Besides our trusted ME-C engines, we also offer our portfolio of proven dual fuel engines for the propulsion of bulk carriers.

The ME-GI is a highly efficient, flexible propulsion solution. With its introduction, we began a new chapter in diesel history, from which your bulker vessel stands to benefit. With the ME-GI, we are able to offer vessel owners the option of using fuel oil or gas—depending on market prices and availability.

The ME-LGI engine, on the other hand, offers liquid gas injection and is therefore well suited to all kinds of modern cargo ships: The main advantage is the possibility of using fuels with a low flash point and low sulfur content, like LPG and methanol.

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Click here to access our Interactive Product Experience and see how MAN marine products enable a ship to operate on sea efficiently and reliably. Each of the products shown have their own key features displayed in 3D and explained. Explore our two-stroke main engine, GenSets, turbocharger, CP propeller and control system and our innovative digital offering “PrimeServ Assist”.
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MAN PrimeServ protects your energy assets from day one

Whether you feed energy into the grid or satisfy a localized demand, on land or at sea, our technicians provide what you need – where and when you need it, ensuring the availability, flexibility, and profitability of your plant. 

How you benefit: 

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  • Prompt delivery of OEM spare parts 
  • Bespoke O&M contracts 
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