The emission standards for the engines of inland shipping vessels will be raised. Thanks to its knowledge and expertise, MAN Rollo sees numerous opportunities to contribute to making the inland shipping sector significantly ‘greener’, for instance with the MAN CCRII engines.
Patrick Franke, who has worked at MAN Rollo as Account Manager Inland Shipping since 1 April, is the man tasked with actually introducing these ‘green’ possibilities. He previously worked for Prins Motoren, the distributor of the Kubota industrial diesel engines. He was responsible for the commercial process of industrial diesel engines and generators. His knowledge of this branch is great, as is his network. That offers advantages for his new position at MAN Rollo. Patrick is making an inventory of the inland shipping market. He will then analyse the MAN engines; what are their strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities and threats in the inland shipping sector? The strategy has been determined; he knows precisely how he will extend the good reputation of the MAN engines. One of his mottos? Agreed is agreed! And that MAN Rollo unburdens the customer of all concerns, certainly contributes to improving the brand recognition in the inland shipping sector.
Patrick Franke: “The government is imposing increasingly stricter emission requirements. However, it does not provide the market with sufficient information, which results in a lack of clarity. And that in turn makes shippers and shipping companies uncertain. As a result, investment in ‘greening’, for instance replacing engines, is postponed or possibly made too late. And that is a missed opportunity.”
In brief, the regulations mean that as of 1 January 2019, new engines <300 kW that are installed must meet Stage V and as of 1 January 2020, engines >300 kW must meet Stage V (*). There is a more challenging scenario for the Port of Rotterdam, after 2025 all of the engines of the current fleet must, at the minimum, meet the CCR II standard. Shippers will then have three options if they want to enter Rotterdam:
1) Replace the engine with a CCRII engine before Stage V comes into force; <300kW before 1 January 2019 and >300kW before 1 January 2020 (*),
2) Replace the engine with a Stage V engine before 1 January 2025, or
3) Stop sailing to Rotterdam after 2025.
(*) Engines produced prior to 1 January 2020 that meet CCR II will be allowed to be installed up to and including 31 December 2022.
“It is economically cheaper for the customer to replace the engines now. As a solution, MAN offers a range of engines and aftertreatment systems for new and existing vessels. This precisely suits MAN Rollo as an expert and innovative supplier,” says Patrick Franke.
Other sustainable possibilities
A strict and unambiguous policy is, according to Patrick Franke, one of the most important drivers for making the world more sustainable. It is now still possible for engines that do not meet the emission requirements applicable in the West to be sold to and used in other parts of the world. The global use of cleaner engines must be encouraged. Patrick Franke: “As a company, we fully support this. For instance, together, the combination of MAN (CCR II) engines with a battery pack and/or LNG, offers a hybrid and clean solution. MAN Rollo has expertise and experience in the area of LNG engines. I also see opportunities for MAN Rollo in this sector. My motto? No excuses, make it happen!”