Vard, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialised vessels, has ordered four MAN 12V175D-MEM gensets in connection with the building of a new purpose-built, cable-laying vessel (CLV) for NCT Offshore, the Danish subsea specialist. The gensets will form part of the vessel’s diesel-electric DP2 propulsion system, which also includes a hybrid battery package. 

Florian Keiler, Head of High Speed, MAN Energy Solutions SE, said: “This exciting project is just the latest in the rapidly-growing offshore-windfarm market. Happily for us, the 175D is strongly represented within this segment where it is commonly the engine of choice for owner and yard alike. In such a green environment-driven sector, the 175D’s inherent fuel efficiency and low emissions make it an ideal propulsion solution, either as a standalone or – as in this case – as part of a hybrid package. It is also the engine with the lowest total cost of ownership in the market with a small environmental footprint.”

The high-speed 175D gensets will each come accompanied by compact MAN SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) systems. Furthermore, MAN Energy Solutions states that the engines have the lowest lube-oil consumption on the market.

Featuring state-of-the-art DP2 positioning and seakeeping systems, the CLV will be equipped with an intelligent power system solution for improved sustainability – encompassing batteries, switchboards, and shore connection – that will reduce fuel consumption and increase operability. The vessel will feature a bollard pull in excess of 60 tons, while maximum transit speed will exceed 14 knots.

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