- The Austal shipyard in Vietnam has ordered 4 × 16V175D-MM engines to build a high-speed catamaran ferry for Degage Group.
- MAN PrimeServ reports that it has already established service competence in the region in Auckland.
Austal Chooses MAN 175D Propulsion for New High-Speed Catamaran Ferry, says MAN.
In connection with the building of a high-speed catamaran ferry for Degage Group, the Austal shipyard in Vietnam has ordered 4 × 16V175D-MM engines, delivering 2,720 kW at 1,800 rpm for water-jet propulsion.
The ferry will have a contracted top speed of 35.8 knots and a range of 360 nautical miles. It is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2023 and will operate as the ‘Apetahi Express’ between Pape’ete (Tahiti) and Vaitape (Bora Bora) in French Polynesia.
MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, reports that it has established service competence in the region in Auckland with its local hub services 175D engines in operation at the New Zealand Navy. That hub is located for maintenance and service support of the newbuilding ferry in Tahiti.
About the MAN 175D engine
MAN Energy Solutions has developed the MAN 175D engine range to supplement and complete its product portfolio in the maritime sector. The engine is available with an output ranging from 1,500 to 4,400 Kilowatts.
It is designed with compliance to the latest, exhaust-gas-emission requirements. It is an eco-friendly engine and utilises a very compact and flexible SCR system, which optimises space on board to the maximum.
The MAN 175D engine has a number of advantages that make it suitable for HSC (High-Speed Craft) operation, including:
- very long TBOs for demanding ferry operation with continuous high average load.
- most competitive fuel consumption in the 2720 kW power range
- lowest operating costs in class
Ben Andres, Head of High-Speed Sales, MAN Energy Solutions, said that it is an important milestone for the MAN 175D as it will work with Degage Group.
He said that the 175D has a number of advantages that make it suitable for such a technically demanding application.
President of Degage Group, Tuanua Degage said “These will be the first MAN engines in our fleet. We are very much looking forward to working with MAN Energy Solutions, and in particular the MAN PrimeServ New Zealand team, to ensure the highest levels of engine reliability and economy on this very demanding route.”
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