16-engine offshore order for MAN

26 Aug 2011

MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that it has received a €22 million order for complete propulsion systems for four AHTS newbuildings, being built at ST Marine Singapore for Swire Pacific Offshore Operations.

The Augsburg-based large-bore diesel company has secured a contract to deliver 16 four-stroke engines with gears and controllable pitch propellers. The four new offshore support ships, which are scheduled for mid-2014 delivery, will mainly be used to transport and supply rigs on the high seas. Their large decks and tank capacities should make them suitable for numerous other offshore activities.

Each ship is to be powered by four 9L27/38GO-type main engines, two gearboxes and two CP propellers. The high propulsion power of the ships, with up to 12MW available, will enable them to operate in severe weather conditions encountered in locations like the North and Barents Seas, and will enable them to tow drilling rigs to site and undertake anchoring operations.

MAN says it has long been a supplier to SPO, and the latest contract marks the second delivery of complete propulsion systems of this type. SPO operates a total of 52 MAN 9L27/38GO-type engines in its fleet, including the current order.

“We are absolutely delighted to have entered into a partnership with SPO, one of the world’s leading offshore specialists. We work closely and remain in constant dialogue with SPO in order to continue to meet the demands of this discerning customer, to further improve our service and to progress future projects,” emphasises Dr Stephan Timmermann, the MAN Diesel & Turbo executive board member responsible for business involving marine engines and propulsion systems.

This order follows closely behind another, booked in July, when Sanco Shipping, a Norwegian operator of specialist vessels for the seismic industry, signed a contract for the delivery of four 8L32/40-type engines. “Securing this contract is especially momentous – first, because we successfully fended off competition from a host of rivals to sell our products in a fiercely competitive market, and second, because we have made further inroads in the Norwegian offshore market,” explains Timmermann.

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