The first, dedicated bulk carrier was built in the middle of the 19th century, since which time economic forces have furthered their development, causing them to grow in size and sophistication. Modern bulk carriers prioritize capacity, safety, efficiency and durability.

Modern bulker owners often demand cost-efficient propulsion systems with low first-costs. Bulkers frequently sail in environmentally sensitive areas, hence emission requirements (NOx, SOx, particulate matter) are important factors when choosing a main driver. 


MAN Energy Solutions offers highly reliable, robust and efficient propulsion systems for all bulk carrier sizes – from single-hold mini-bulkers to mammoth ore ships – that meet the strict safety requirements that bulk carriers operate under.

We have exhaust-gas-cleaning systems such as SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for IMO Tier III-compliance (NOx) and scrubbers for SOx reduction while our dual-fuel, gas-burning engines comply with IMO Tier III emission regulations and their sulphur limits.

A wider range of services and automated systems has increased the demand for electricity on board ships. Our complete generating sets secure reliable and economical power generation and distribution. Modern auxiliary engines run on the same high-viscosity fuel grades as the main engines to maximize economy. Overall installation costs can be minimised by using compact modular fuel treatment systems, available in standard sizes.

We also offer a comprehensive, service network in the form of MAN PrimeServ. PrimeServ is a service organisation with a global reach and contactable 24/7 to maximize engine availability. As a part of its service offerings, PrimeServ offers optional online services for optimized maintenance planning. 

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