Germany-based engine technology developer MAN Energy Solutions has been awarded 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.

The ship will feature MAN 27/38 and 175D engines, a five-bladed MAN Alpha propeller, and remote-control and MAN HyProp systems.

The package is scheduled to be delivered by the first quarter of next year while the ship will be pressed into service by early-2021.

Designed by Norwegian company Skipsteknisk, the 61m ice-class trawler has been certified by Norwegian classification society DNV GL as ‘SILENT F’.

Capable of accommodating 32 people, the ship will feature state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities.

MAN Energy Solutions four-stroke marine sales head Lex Nijsen said: “This marks the first time that we have sold a MAN 175D unit to a research vessel, yet another market niche that it capably fills, and a testament to how versatile a performer this engine is.

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“That it forms part of a complete propulsion package with our 27/38 engine and other MAN equipment is most welcome and sits well with our intention to increasingly become a supplier of complete propulsion solutions.”

The technology company said that the ship’s propulsion package has been assembled so that it will help minimise noise.

The research vessel will be powered by a diesel-mechanical set-up and supported by MAN 27/38 as main propulsion. The MAN 175D and D2862 engines will act as supporting gensets.

Capable of conducting various types of surveillance and research, the new vessel will replace the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources’ research ship, Paamiut.

Last month, South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MAN Energy Solutions for cooperation in developing smart ship technology.