MAN Engine to Complement Propulsion Aboard Classic Sailing Vessel

Marine Equipment Products and Services, Military, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Technical, Technology — By on February 10, 2016 at 1:24 PM
Graphical representation of the ‘Kri Bima Suci’

Graphical representation of the ‘Kri Bima Suci’

MAN Engine to Complement Propulsion Aboard Classic Sailing Vessel

Newbuilding Cadet Training Ship for Indonesian Navy

MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for an MAN 6L21/31 engine to power a newbuilding cadet training sailing ship for the Defence Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. The engine will be used to power the 110m ‘Kri Bima Suci’ and up to 200 persons on board when not propelled by sail power. The ship is currently under construction at the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain. Lex Nijsen – Head of Four-Stroke Marine – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We’re very happy to have won this unusual order, unusual in the sense that orders anywhere in the world for the building of such a large sailing vessel of 100m and over are few and far between.”

Another graphical representation of the ‘Kri Bima Suci’

Another graphical representation of the ‘Kri Bima Suci’

He continued: “In this particular case, we enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with the Indonesian Navy, which already uses MAN engine types in its fleet,  and – in this respect – an MAN engine was the natural choice for such a fine vessel. I also feel that fulfilling the demands for such an unusual application
bears testament to the strength of our medium-spee programme.”

Previous experience

MAN Diesel & Turbo has prior experience with sailing ship orders and has previously re-engined the 113-m ‘Esmeralda’, a 4-mast barquentine, for the Chilean Navy. Similarly, in 2006, the company re-engined the 104-m ‘Fregata
Libertad’ for the Argentinean Navy.
Such tall ships often have a dual purpose where, besides training new recruits, they are often used in courtesy visits to other countries as, by nature,  their presence can be viewed as more diplomatic than that of a modern, naval vessel.

Library photo of the MAN 6L21/31 engine

Library photo of the MAN 6L21/31 engine

The company has had many dealings with the Indonesian Navy in the past and recently signed a contract for the delivery of MAN 20V28/33D STC engines for two frigates due to enter service in 2017. These engines represent a generation change within the Indonesian fleet that has been powered for
many years by MAN Diesel & Turbo 28/33D and Pielstick-branded engines.

As with the 20V28/33D STC engines, the new 6L21/31 engine will also be built by MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The Indonesian Navy

The Indonesian Navy is the largest in South East Asia with some 74, 000 active personnel and more than 150 ships in active service, including attack submarines. Its current, stated aim is to become the most technologically advanced navy in the region. To this end, it has established a building programme with a target of increasing its fleet to 250 vessels by 2024.

About MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel and gas engines and turbomachinery. The company employs around 15, 000 staff at more than 100 international sites, primarily in Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, India and China. The company’s product portfolio includes two-stroke and four-stroke engines for marine and stationary applications, turbochargers and propellers as well as gas and steam turbines, compressors and chemical reactors. The range of services and supplies is rounded off by complete solutions like ship propulsion systems, engine-based power plants and turbomachinery trains for the oil & gas as well as the process industries. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand.

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