MAN powers icebreaker
MAN Diesel and Turbo will supply the main engines to a new icebreaking supply-and-research vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).
The two 16V32/44CR main engines will each produce 9,600 kW, it has a fuel efficient design and will aim to ensure temperatures fall to -30 degrees and extend mission times.
It will be acquired by Serco Defence through DMS Maritime (prime contractor) and will be designed and built by Damen Shipyards Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).
Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine at MAN Diesel and Turbo, said: “We are delighted to be able to add such a prestigious reference to the 32/44CR’s CV.”
He added: “It is an engine that already enjoys popularity in a broad spectrum of market segments, but for it to be employed in such an unspoiled yet extreme, demanding environment with such stringent environmental requirements is testament to its many positive attributes.”
“Thus we are happy to execute such a challenging project with an experienced and highly professional partner like DSNS.”
The vessel will form an integral part of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) programme for the next three decades, with handover to AAD is scheduled for April 2020.
This new icebreaker will succeed the old research vessel Aurora Australis and will hope to have greater icebreaking and cargo capacity, increased endurance and operational flexibility. As well as a high standard of environmental performance and state-of-the-art research, rescue and resupply capabilities.
MAN Diesel & Turbo will also supply its in-house-designed SCR system, this will add to the environmentally friendly footprint of the new vessel in the pristine Antarctic environment.
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