MAN propels Greenland research ship

Graphical rendering of the new research vessel Photo: Skipsteknisk Graphical rendering of the new research vessel Photo: Skipsteknisk
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The Astilleros Balenciaga shipyard in Spain has ordered a complete MAN propulsion package for a new research vessel for the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

The 61m, ice-class trawler is designed by Norwegian company, Skipsteknisk, and accommodates 32 people. Delivery of the propulsion package is scheduled for Q1, 2020 with the vessel expected to enter service in spring 2021.

Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine sales at MAN Energy Solutions, said, “This marks the first time that we have sold a MAN 175D unit to a research vessel, yet another market niche that it capably fills and testament to how versatile a performer this engine is."

The propulsion package comprises one MAN 8L27/38 Tier III with a MAN selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, one five-bladed Alpha propeller, one Alphatronic 3000 remote control system, one MAN 12V175D auxiliary GenSet Tier III with a MAN SCR system, one MAN D2862 auxiliary GenSet Tier III with a MAN SCR system and one HyProp ECO system.

MAN Energy Solutions reports that the vessel’s propulsion package has been assembled with a special focus on minimising noise. As such, the research vessel will be driven by a diesel-mechanical set-up with the 27/38 acting as main propulsion and the MAN 175D and D2862 engines as auxiliary gensets.

The newbuilding will replace the Institute’s former research vessel, ‘Paamiut’, that also featured a complete MAN propulsion package. Its main purpose is to ensure the scientific basis for the sustainable exploitation of West and East Greenland.

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