MAN Diesel & Turbo has secured a contract for the supply of four 9L48/60CR engines for the diesel-mechanical propulsion of two passenger ferries for Chinese shipping companies, Huadong Ferry and Dadong Ferry.
The two newbuildings are currently under construction at Huanghai Shipyard in Shangdong, China. Both vessels have a passenger capacity of 1,500 and are intended to connect South Korea with the Chinese mainland upon entering service.
MAN Diesel & Turbo will deliver the complete propulsion package for the ferries with each vessel receiving 2 × 9L48/60CR engines – providing a combined output of 21,600 kW, two Renk gear systems and two five-bladed, five-metre-diameter MAN Alpha CP propellers. The propulsion control system is MAN’s Alphatronic 3000. The engines will be among the first MAN common-rail engines delivered to China.
The China Shipowners’ Association has proposed limiting the maximum age of a vessel in service to 28 years. The two ferry newbuildings will enter service in autumn 2016, replacing vessels about to reach the new, proposed age limit. In the near future, more and more ships are similarly expected to be decommissioned.