US Orders Trawler with Common-Rail Technology

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

November 24, 2014

  • Graphical rendering of the ST-116 XL design for ‘America’s Finest’ (courtesy Skipsteknisk)
  • An example of the MAN 8L32/44CR engine that will power America’s Finest
  • Graphical rendering of the ST-116 XL design for ‘America’s Finest’ (courtesy Skipsteknisk) Graphical rendering of the ST-116 XL design for ‘America’s Finest’ (courtesy Skipsteknisk)
  • An example of the MAN 8L32/44CR engine that will power America’s Finest An example of the MAN 8L32/44CR engine that will power America’s Finest
Tier II-compliant 32/44CR technology to deliver fuel efficiency, low emissions and improved productivity
 
MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for an MAN 8L32/44CR engine to power a newbuilding trawler for Fishermen’s Finest, the U.S. fishing concern. The 32/44CR engine order is significant on two counts in that it represents the first CR engine sold to the American fishing segment that is fully U.S. EPA Tier II-compliant and is, simultaneously, a first reference for MAN Diesel & Turbo in the important, domestic fishing industry.
 
Helena Park, CEO Fishermen’s Finest, said, "I am impressed with the technological advantages the MAN 8L32/44CR common-rail diesel engine will give our eco-trawler, M/S America's Finest.”
 
Robert Burger, Managing Director – MAN Diesel & Turbo, USA, said, “Fishermen’s Finest aims to be a leader in the competitive U.S. fishing industry and habitually employs the latest technology to improve the productivity of its fleet. In ordering our four-stroke engine, it recognizes the commercial advantage it can gain from our common-rail technology that is fully integrated with the engine and has best-in-class fuel efficiency accompanied by low emissions.”
 
The engine will have an output of 4,800kW (600kW/pr cylinder) and will be built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg, Germany works. The prime mover is part of a propulsion package that includes:
a MAN Alpha four-blade CP propeller type VBS 940 Mk 5 Ø 3,800 mm including an AHT high-thrust nozzle, MAN’s proprietary Sacosone common-rail engine-control system, MAN’s Alphatronic 3000 Propulsion Control System and a gearbox with power 4,800 kW, horizontal offset 950 mm and PTO 2,900 kW.
 
The vessel will be built at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington using an ST-116 XL design from Skipsteknisk, the independent Norwegian naval architect and marine engineering company. Delivery of the propulsion package is scheduled for December 2015 with vessel delivery expected in November 2017.
 
Fishermen’s Finest reports that its new order comes at a time when the political climate in the State of Washington is very positive and openly promoting efforts for distant-water fishing fleets to replace outmoded vessels.
 
Recent public statements by the State Government to this effect have given broad support to introducing modern ship designs that can dramatically reduce fuel costs, increase efficiency, and better meet new requirements for environmental protection. As such, the order for America’s Finest with its modern MAN technology comes at an opportune moment.
 
MAN Diesel & Turbo said its common-rail engines are among the most technologically advanced in its portfolio with a segment-leading SFOC that significantly lowers emissions of soot and NOx at all possible engine operating points. The company’s CR engines have already established a solid foothold in other, major fishing markets.
 
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