MAN power for US fishing trawler

25 Nov 2014
The 'M/S America’s Finest' will be built at Dakota Creek Industries in Washington using an ST-116 OL design

The 'M/S America’s Finest' will be built at Dakota Creek Industries in Washington using an ST-116 OL design

MAN Diesel and Turbo is to supply an MAN 9L32/44CR engine to power a new trawler for independent US fishing company, Fishermen’s Finest.

The 32/44CR engine order marks a milestone for MAN since it’s the first CR engine sold to the American fishing sector that is fully US EPA Tier II-compliant and is also a “first reference” for MAN in the domestic fishing industry.

“Fishermen’s Finest aims to be a leader in the competitive US fishing industry and habitually employs the latest technology to improve the productivity of its fleet,” said Robert Burger, managing director, MAN Diesel and Turbo USA.

“In ordering our four-stroke engine, it recognises the commercial advantage it can gain from our common-rail technology that is fully integrated with the engine and has best-in-class fuel efficiency accompanied by low emissions,” he added.

The engine will have an output of 4,800kW and will be built at MAN’s Augsburg, Germany facility. The engine is part of a propulsion package that includes a MAN Alpha 4-blade CP propeller type VBS 940 Mk 5 Ø 3,800 mm including an AHT high-thrust nozzle , MAN’s proprietary SacosOne common-rail engine-control system, MAN’s Alphatronic 3000 Propulsion Control System and a gearbox – power 4,800 kW, horizontal offset 950 mm, PTO 2,900 kW.

Fishermen’s Finest says its new order comes at a time when the political climate in the State of Washington is very positive and openly promoting efforts for distant-water fishing fleets to replace outmoded vessels. Recent public statements by the State Government to this effect have given broad support to introducing modern ship designs that can dramatically reduce fuel costs, increase efficiency, and better meet new requirements for environmental protection.

The trawler, M/S America’s Finest, will be built at Dakota Creek Industries in Washington using an ST-116 OL design from Norwegian architect, Skipsteknisk. Delivery is expected in November 2017.

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