MAN packages for Chinese specialist ships

10 Jan 2012
The signing ceremony for the main propulsion systems

The signing ceremony for the main propulsion systems

Two Chinese special purpose ship newbuildings will each feature a complete twin-screw MAN Diesel & Turbo propulsion package of two 6L32/40 four-stroke engines, gear boxes, propellers and propulsion control system.

The ships were recently ordered from Jiangnan Shipyard, part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Group, by China Satellite Maritime Tracking and Controlling Department (CSMTCD). Both vessels will be launched in January 2013 with delivery to CSMTCD scheduled for the following June. CSMTCD is a part of the China Military General Armament Department and provides a vessel research and space-satellite tracking and controlling service.

The engines will be manufactured by Chinese licensee Zhenjiang CME (ZJ CME), with each unit rated at 3,000kW at 750rpm. The two engines onboard each vessel will be connected to type 41VO30 MAN Alpha AMG28 gear boxes, type VBS860 CP propellers with water-lubricated sterntubes, and an Alphatronic 2000 propulsion control system – supplied by MAN Diesel & Turbo, Frederikshavn (Denmark). The project represents the first instance of a Chinese MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee acting as supplier for a complete propulsion system, including the propulsion train. To facilitate the integration and optimisation of the propulsion system and project management, Frederikshavn will provide on-site support for the technical interface coordination, based on a cooperation agreement made with ZJ CME.

MAN Diesel & Turbo Frederikshavn plans to continue promoting this propulsion concept in the future to Chinese licensees and the Chinese market in general, with a view to increasing MAN Diesel & Turbo’s propeller market share.

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