Bulk carrier newbuilds opt for Kappel propellers

18 Jun 2014
Kappel-design propellers are the choice for a series of eight bulkers

Kappel-design propellers are the choice for a series of eight bulkers

MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced that its MAN Alpha Kapel propeller design has been chosen by Cyprus-based Lemissoler Navigation for a series of eight 58,500dwt bulk carriers to be built in China.

The 186.5m ships will be built by New Times Shipbuilding in Jiangsu Province, China. The first four newbuildings will be classified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and the remaining four by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Deliveries are planned for 2015 and 2016. The propellers will be manufacturerd at MAN’s partner in China, Dalian Marine Propeller Co (DMPC).

The 6.8m diameter, slow-running, four-bladed Kappel fixed-pitch propellers will be tailored to theShanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI)- designed bulk carriers and a drivetrain powered by an MAN B&W 5S60ME-C engine, economy-rated for 8,050kW at 89rpm. The ships are designed for optimised fuel consumption and minimal emissions.

Thomas Leander, senior manager of propeller and aft ship, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “The cooperation and optimisation process with the owners and SDARI  has been excellent, especially in terms of developing the fully optimised main-engine, propeller, shafting and aft-ship layout. Furthermore, this Kappel order gives MAN Alpha propellers a strong foothold within the medium- to large-sized bulker segment”.

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