MAN Energy to supply engines for Trinidad and Tobago ferries

MAN Energy to supply engines for Trinidad and Tobago ferries
Each of the ferries will be powered by four MAN 16V28/33D STC engines (Image: MAN Energy Solutions)

Australian shipbuilders Austal and Incat Tasmania have ordered a total of eight engines from MAN Energy Solutions, which will be used to power two fast ferries that will be operated by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.

To be built at Austal’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam, the first of the ferries will be a 94-metre-long vessel that can carry 926 passengers and 250 cars. The ferry will use four MAN 16V28/33D STC engines to travel at a speed of 37.5 knots.

Meanwhile, Incat will use four MAN 16V28/33D STC engines in the 100-metre-long, wave-piercing catamaran that will carry up to 1,000 people and 239 cars, or a combination of trucks and cars. The vessel, which is being built in Tasmania, Australia, will operate at a speed of 39.5 knots.

“MAN Energy Solutions has long had very good working relations with both Incat and Austal,” said Lex Nijsen, head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales at MAN Energy Solutions. “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.”

Once complete, both ferries will provide high-speed passenger and vehicle operations on the sea bridge between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, will open a hub in the islands to provide ongoing support.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, August 15, 2019