The Zeppelin Group Delivers Environmentally Friendly Engines for Shipping

11.05.2018, Garching near Munich

The company’s Power Systems business unit is making a contribution to environmental protection with its LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) engines 

The Zeppelin Group supports the process of establishing LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as an environmentally friendly fuel. With gas and dual-fuel engines from the Power Systems business unit, ships can be powered with Liquefied Natural Gas both while in the harbor and at sea. This results in significant lower emissions than with heavy fuel oil and marine diesel. The delivery of environmentally friendly liquid gas engines to Carnival Corporation represents an outstanding success. 

Carnival Corporation, one of the world’s largest cruise companies and AIDA Cruises’ parent company, is relying on the Zeppelin Group for their AIDAnova craft which is currently in construction at Meyer Werft. "AIDAnova will be the world’s first cruise ship to be operated with environmentally friendly LNG both while in the harbor and at sea," comments Volker Poßögel, Head of the Power Systems business unit. "Our MaK dual-fuel engines from the Caterpillar plant in Rostock will be used. In addition to the complete solution with four dual-fuel engines, we are also delivering the entire LNG preparation system for AIDAnova." The four engines, with a total output of around 62 MW, each weigh over 200 tons and comply with the latest emissions specifications for all regions. Zeppelin Power Systems will also equip six additional Carnival Corporation cruise ships with dual-fuel engines by 2023.

"Our customer promise is ‘We Create Solutions’. With LNG-based engines, we are offering an ecologically and economically sustainable alternative to emissions control systems, as well as supporting customers in meeting current and future requirements," explains Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH.

There will be stricter emissions regulations on the North Sea and Baltic Sea from January 2021, in line with those already applicable on the US coast. From that point in time all newly

built ships will be subject to a very low threshold for nitrogen oxide emissions – which is unachievable using heavy fuel oil or marine diesel unless the engine is rebuilt suitably. The use of Liquefied Natural Gas almost completely eradicates the release of fine dust and sulfur oxide, with nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 80% and 25% respectively.