MAN Engines to power Austal and Incat ferries
Australian shipbuilders Austal and Incat Tasmania, have ordered eight MAN 16V28/33D STC engines following the decision of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to build one fast ferry at each yard.
Each vessel will be powered by four MAN 16V28/33D STC units to provide high-speed passenger and vehicle operations on the seabridge between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. At full speed, each engine will provide 7280kW.
Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine sales at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “MAN Energy Solutions has long had very good working relations with both Incat and Austal. With these orders, we have further strengthened our position as the leading engine provider for large, high-speed ferries. The MAN 28/33D STC type is the market segment’s most fuel-efficient engine, a vital consideration when a vessel’s fuel bill can easily account for 90% of its operating costs.”
The Austal vessel will be 94m long and designed to carry 926 passengers and 250 cars at 37.5 knots. The ship will be built in Austal’s new shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Incat’s 100m wave-piercing catamaran will be a new fast passenger/cargo ferry with the capacity for 1,000 persons and will carry 239 cars or a combination of trucks and cars with a service speed of 39.5 knots. Incat will build the vessel at its shipyard in Tasmania, Australia.
MAN Energy Solutions has also announced that its after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, will open a hub in Trinidad & Tobago to best support the operator.
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