MAN Energy Solutions has received an order to deliver the main propulsion engines for two new ice-breaking Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs.

According to the contract, MAN Energy will supply four MAN 12V175D MM, IMO Tier II engines.

Two 2,040kWm at 1,800rpm engines will be installed at each ice-breaking tug, which will have a rated capacity of 60t of bollard pull.

MAN Energy will deliver the engines from its production facility in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to Turkey-based Med Marine.

MAN Energy Solutions Four-Stroke Marine Sales head Lex Nijsen said: “Tugs form a special segment with many hours of standby and sudden demands for high loads. This is another, an excellent reference for the 175D that adeptly handles the complexity of harbour operations and their strict environmental requirements.”

Robert Allan designed the vessels that are scheduled to start operations by the end of 2020. Svitzer will operate the tugs in the Scandanavian region.

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Svitzer Newbuilding group head Esben Grundtvig stated: “We are happy to have the new MAN 175D high-speed engine in our two newbuildings. We are confident that we will have the same high quality as usual from two-stroke and medium-speed engines from MAN.

“It is important to Svitzer to work closely with key suppliers like MAN Energy Solution to honour our client’s requirements for bollard pull from 60 to 90-plus tonnes and 1,800kW-3,000kW, both with high-speed and medium-speed engines.”

The engines will comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marpol Tier II NOx emission requirements.

The engine rooms of both ships will be able to accommodate Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipment, which MAN Energy will supply at a later date.

The installation of SCR equipment will enable the vessels to meet IMO Tier III emissions regulations. MAN 175D engines will also reduce fuel bills and maintenance costs.

In September, MAN Energy Solutions won a contract from Spanish shipyard Astilleros Balenciaga to provide a complete MAN propulsion package for a research vessel for the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.