MAN ES will power six new Baltic RoRos Photo: MAN Energy Solutions
MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply Tier II-compliant main engines for three RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Baltic Sea.
The six MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 engines are for Finnlines PLC, part of the Grimaldi Group and will be built by MAN Energy Solution’s two-stroke licensee, Hyundai Heavy Industries, in Korea. Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China will construct the vessels which are expected from 2021 onwards.
The new order follows that made by Grimaldi in 2019 for nine very similar vessels with the same scope of supply and adds to recent orders MAN Energy Solutions has won in the competitive Baltic market.
Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president, head of two-stroke business at MAN Energy Solutions, said that adding to recent orders was very pleasing. “Our technology will play a crucial role in this innovative hybrid propulsion system that really points the way for shipping in the future. I look forward to seeing these unique vessels enter service,” he said.
Designed by Knud E. Hansen, the new RoRos will be among the first examples of a new series of hybrid vessels. These will use fuel-oil during navigation and lithium mega-batteries in harbour, thus guaranteeing zero emissions in port and meeting the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) Green Plus class notation.
The batteries will be recharged during navigation through shaft generators and the newbuilds will also feature ice-class classification, 1A Super.