MAN power for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutters
This is the first time that the USCG has ordered MAN 28/33D STC engines
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has chosen MAN’s 28/33D STC engines as its propulsion of choice for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme.
The OPC programme is being undertaken to replace the 13 ‘Famous’ class and 14 ‘Reliance’ class cutter vessels and is the largest vessel procurement order in the USCG’s history.
Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We are very pleased to have won this major order within such a key, domestic market. It’s a breakthrough for us as this is the first time that the USCG has ordered MAN 28/33D STC engines.
He pointed out that the engine’s sequential turbocharging (STC) concept continues to make inroads into the Navy and Governmental segments where its inherent power characteristics offer a manoeuvrability that matches demanding applications well.
Each of the new 360-foot (110-m) cutters will be powered by two (2) MAN 16V28/33D STC engines, developing 7,280 kW each @ 1,000 rpm.
The MAN partner and licensee, Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME) will produce and test the engines at its Beloit, Wisconsin plant, while Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc based in Panama City, Florida, will design and construct the OPC ships.
Initially, the USCG has ordered nine ships with plans to ultimately produce 25. Delivery of the first ship of the class to the USCG is scheduled for 2021.
The MAN 28/33D STC engine offers compact power with a high power-to-weight ratio. It’s fully compliant with IMO Tier II (+ Tier III with Selective Catalytic Reduction) and EPA Tier 2 regulations.