Two fast ferries being built for Trinidad and Tobago have progressed after eight engines were ordered
Austal and Incat Tasmania have ordered eight MAN 16V28/33D STC engines after the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago decided to build a fast ferry at each yard.
Each vessel will be powered by four of the MAN 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 7,280 kW.
The Austal vessel will be 94 m 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 100-m wave-piercing catamaran will be a new fast passenger/cargo ferry with capacity for 1,000 people 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 head of four-stroke marine sales Lex Nijsen 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.”
MAN Energy Solutions sales manager Thomas Huchatz said “The 28/33D STC has been selected for seven of the last 14 large high-speed-ferry projects since 2015. This makes it the best-selling engine type in this competitive market segment and shows the confidence ship operators have in MAN Energy Solutions’ product portfolio and extensive service network.”
MAN Energy Solutions has announced that its after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, will open a hub in Trinidad and Tobago to support the operator.