Two fast ferries, to be built at Austal and Incat Tasmania for operation between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, are to have MAN engines. The vessels will carry passengers and cars on the seabridge between the islands.
The 94m-long Austal ferry, to be built at the company’s Vietnam shipyard in Vung Tao, will have capacity for 926 passengers and 250 cars at speeds of up to 37.5 knots. The slightly larger Incat vessel will be constructed at the company’s Tasmanian facility and will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 passengers and 239 cars, or a combination of cars and trucks, at speeds of up to 39.5 knots. Each vessel will have four MAN 16V28/33D STC engines, with outputs of up to 7.28MW.
Lex Nijsen, MAN Energy Solutions’ head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales, commented: “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.”