A total of eight MAN engines have been ordered by two prominent Australian shipbuilders, namely Austal and Incat Tasmania, to work on two different ferries connecting the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The order of these MAN 16V28/33D STC engines was pushed by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to build one fast ferry at each yard.
Each vessel will be powered by 4 MAN 16V28/33D STC units to provide high-speed passenger and vehicle operations on the seabridge between the two islands. At full speed, each engine will provide 7,280 kW.
The Austal vessel will be 94 metres long and designed to carry 926 passengers and 250 cars at speeds of 37.5 knots. The ship will be built in Austal’s new shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Incat’s 100-metre wave-piercing catamaran will be a new fast passenger/cargo ferry with the capacity for 1,000 persons and will carry 239 cars or a combination of trucks and cars with a service speed of 39.5 knots. Incat will build the vessel at its shipyard in Tasmania, Australia.
MAN engines: the reasons behind a choice
Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales, MAN Energy Solutions, said: «With these orders, we have further strengthened our position as the leading engine provider for large, high-speed ferries. The MAN 28/33D STC type is the market segment’s most fuel-efficient engine, a vital consideration when a vessel’s fuel bill can easily account for 90% of its operating costs».
Thomas Huchatz, Sales Manager, MAN Energy Solutions, said: «The 28/33D STC has been selected for seven of the last 14 large high-speed-ferry projects since 2015. This makes it the best-selling engine type in this competitive market segment and shows the confidence that ship operators have in MAN Energy Solutions’ product portfolio and extensive service network».
A digitization agreement with Samsung
Talking about marine engines, MAN Energy Solutions and Samsung Heavy Industries have recently signed a strategic cooperation agreement for digitization. The companies want to define a framework for a long term strategic cooperation in order to develop technologies and systems for the digitization of marine engines. The cooperation has several goals: the digitization of marine engine solution data, including auxiliary systems; data collection, diagnosis and visualization in relation to marine engine solution performance; design and technology development of an architecture system for marine engine digitization solutions including auxiliary systems; integration between marine engine solutions; testing and verification of research and development results.