MAN sees ‘shoots of recovery’ in Tropical order

14 Feb 2017
The MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 main engine will power four 1,100 teu newbuilds for North American operator Tropical Shipping

The MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 main engine will power four 1,100 teu newbuilds for North American operator Tropical Shipping

North American and Caribbean freight company Tropical Shipping has ordered MAN Diesel & Turbo propulsion packages for four 1,100 teu newbuild container vessels.

The first two vessels, under construction at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China, will be delivered later this year. They will each be equipped with a MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 main engine, featuring a TCA66-21 turbocharger and a selective catalytic reduction unit to achieve NOx Tier III compliance.

The package also includes three MAN 6L23/30 Holeby gensets with MAN TCR14 turbochargers, as well as five-bladed VBS1550-5 Mk5 controllable pitch propellers and a MAN Alpha rudder-bulb concept.

A further two 300 teu container vessels, each powered by a single MAN 27/38 engines (with TCR turbocharger) are due to enter service from June 2018.

Bjarne Foldager, vice president – promotion & sales, two-stroke business, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “The marine market is currently very challenging but, in winning orders like this, we see some green shoots of recovery.”

Tropical Shipping operates freight services including dry, refrigerated, and break bulk through a fleet of 15 vessels sailing between Canada or south Florida and the Caribbean and Bahamas.