Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz has visited the MAN steam production in the Port of Hamburg. During the factory tour, the head of the German city-state discussed alternative drive systems, environmental protection and energy efficiency issues with Uwe Scholz Lauber, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo. MAN Group employs some 1,000 staff at 15 locations in Hamburg. At the end of the visit, one of the currently 116 apprentices handed to Schol a model of the first MAN produced engine, developed by Rudolf Diesel in 1897.
Pioneer in Alternative Propulsion Systems and Fuels
“The MAN Group is an important industrial companies for Hamburg”, Scholz said. “Together with other partners, MAN strongly promotes the use of alternative propulsion systems and fuels in shipping such as LPG. This is of great interest to Hamburg. Modern technologies not only protect the environment, but also strengthen Hamburg’s top position in future-oriented industries and sectors.”
Expansion of LNG Required
Tilmann Greiner, manager for marine engine service at the Hamburg site, said: “We believe that the use of natural gas as fuel is the most promising way to reduce emissions in German ports. Thus, we are among the founding members of the LNG initiative in Hamburg. The construction of the necessary supply infrastructure in German ports, and, of course, in Hamburg, can only be enforced by politics. It needs a reliable framework and sound regulations.”
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