Cruise and fishing boost business for MAN

The largest factory trawlers for a generation will feature MAN Energy Solutions propulsion systems (credit: MAN Energy Solutions)
The largest factory trawlers for a generation will feature MAN Energy Solutions propulsion systems (credit: MAN Energy Solutions)
Engines including the dual-fuel MAN 51/60DF are among orders for seven new cruiseships in the first eight months of 2018 (credit: MAN Energy Solutions)
Engines including the dual-fuel MAN 51/60DF are among orders for seven new cruiseships in the first eight months of 2018 (credit: MAN Energy Solutions)

Surging orders in the cruise and fishing sectors are buoying MAN Energy Solutions’ four-stroke business and highlighting its expertise across the propulsion system.

The company has reported that it is experiencing a record order-intake within its cruise business, winning orders to supply seven new cruise ships with engines and exhaust gas treatment systems in the first eight months of the year.

The orders, representing nearly €100 million in revenue and almost 300MW of installed power in total, are for cruise ships ranging in size from 50,000 to approximately 140,000 gross tons, and running on fuel types from HFO to LNG. Deliveries are scheduled from the end of 2019 to 2022.

In June, MAN announced a name change and new strategic direction that includes a focus on supplying broader solution systems. The cruise orders highlight this system approach, with some including MAN’s selective catalytic reduction systems for NOx abatement and sulphur-reducing exhaust gas scrubbers sourced from partners.

“System technologies that help our customers to increase the efficiency of their plants and reduce emissions play a central role in our business,” confirmed Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine, MAN Energy Solutions. “We plan to continue this growth by making increasing use of our capabilities as an integrated system supplier, which we have built up over the past few years."

The engines ordered range from 32/44CR engines, with fully electronic common-rail injection systems capable of operating on HFO, to dual-fuel 51/60DF engines that enable the use of both LNG and oil-based fuels.

MAN has also translated its system approach into success in the fishing vessel market, most recently winning a contract to supply the propulsion system for seven 109-metre factory trawlers for the Russian Fishery Company (RFC). The first will be built at Tersan shipyard in Turkey, due for delivery in July 2020, after which a further six identical vessels will be constructed in Russia.


The newbuilding’s propulsion system features an MAN 14V32/44CR main engine (delivering 8,120kW), an MAN Alpha VBS 1260 propeller, a gearbox including power take-off/power take-home with start-up converter, as well as MAN 9L21/31 and MAN 7L21/31 gensets. System delivery for the first vessel is scheduled for June 2019.

“The trawlers will be the largest such vessels constructed in the past 25 years,” Nijlsen reports. “That the customer has chosen a MAN propulsion set-up to accompany its choice of main engine is particularly satisfying.”

The trawler propulsion system features advanced common-rail injection to achieve the highest possible flexibility and efficiency within the 8.12MW of power provided by the main engine. Also included in the configuration is a four-bladed, 4.3-metre-diameter MAN Alpha VBS1260 propeller with Alpha High Thrust propeller nozzle class ICE 1A Super.

MAN will also supply an Alphatronic 3000 propulsion-control system. An 850kW power take-in (PTI) reverse-power mode for winch energy recovery will be connected by a power management system to MAN’s SaCoS engine control and the Alphatronic unit. The complete package supply is specified to include MAN PrimeServ online service and crew training.

MAN Energy Solutions’ equipment was chosen for its robustness and reliability, while the power rating and performance of the 14V32/44CR main engine is well suited to the vessels’ operation profile. MAN’s ability to tailor its MAN Alpha propeller to suit the vessels’ operating profile was also an advantage.

Norwegian naval architect Skipsteknisk was selected to design the high-tech factory trawlers. RFC’s required a vessel with capacity for operation in ice, accommodation for a crew of 139 and a high capacity for high-level processing on board, including surimi production. The new trawlers are designed to have catching and processing capacity for more than 400 tonnes/day of pollock or 350 tonnes/day of herring, with a 300 tonnes/day freezing capacity, plus a 250 tonnes/day meal and oil plant. Fishroom capacity is 4,000m3, and there will be a 1,000m3 meal hold.


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