MAN Energy Solutions has received engine supply orders from Australian shipbuilders Austal and Incat Tasmania after the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago chose to build one fast ferry at each yard.

As per the terms of the contract, MAN Energy will deliver a total of eight MAN 16V28/33D STC engines to both Australian ship makers.

The ships will be fitted with four engines, which deliver 7280kW of power each.

MAN Energy Solutions Four-Stroke Marine sales head Lex Nijsen said: “MAN Energy Solutions has long had very good working relations with both Incat and Austal. 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.”

The Austal vessel will be constructed at its shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam. The length of the ferry will be 94m. It can transport 926 people, along with 250 cars at speeds of 37.5 knots.

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Incat will construct a 100m catamaran at its shipyard in Tasmania, Australia. The ship can accommodate 1,000 passengers and carry 239 cars, or a mixture of trucks and cars, at a speed of 39.5 knots.

The ships will be deployed to ferry passengers and vehicle operations on the seabridge between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

MAN Energy Solutions sales manager Thomas Huchatz said: “The 28/33D STC has been selected for seven of the last 14 large high-speed-ferry projects since 2015.

“This makes it the best-selling engine type in this competitive market segment and shows the confidence that ship operators have in MAN Energy Solutions’ product portfolio and extensive service network.”

Last month, MAN Energy Solutions, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and HSD Engine (HSD) agreed to collaborate on a project to digitise ship engine systems.

Furthermore, MAN Energy Solutions signed an agreement with Hong Kong-based Wallem Group to provide maintenance services to vessels.