Cyprus-based Lemissoler Navigation has placed an order for MAN Alpha Kappel-designed propellers for installation onto its new multiple bulk carriers.
The order follows an earlier contract for a series of 7.2m-long Kappel propellers for the 8,500 car equivalent unit (CEU) carriers, which are under construction for Höegh Autoliners.
Under the latest order, each Kappel four-bladed fixed-pitch propeller (FPP) will have a diameter of 6.8m and will be modified to suit the SDARI-designed bulk carriers and a drivetrain powered by an MAN B&W 5S60ME-C engine, economy-rated at 8,050kW and 89r/min.
Commenting on the order, MAN Diesel & Turbo Propeller & Aft Ship senior manager Thomas Leander said: "The cooperation and optimisation process with the owners and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) has been excellent, especially in terms of developing the fully optimised main-engine, propeller, shafting and aft-ship layout."
"Furthermore, this Kappel order gives MAN Alpha propellers a strong foothold within the medium to large-sized bulker segment."
The slow-running, fuel-efficient Kappel propellers will have a finished machined weight of approximately 17.8t.
Dalian Marine Propeller Co (DMPC), MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Chinese propeller-production partner, will manufacture the Kappel propellers for the Lemissoler bulkers.
The DMPC-manufactured Kappel propellers have also been ordered for retrofit to the Great Eastern Shipping Company’s 105,000dwt crude oil carrier, Jag Lavanya.
The new series of eight Lemissoler 58,500dwt bulk carriers are set to be built by New Times Shipbuilding Co and are planned for delivery during 2015 and 2016.
Germanischer Lloyd will classify the first four vessels, while the remaining four will be done by the American Bureau of Shipping.
Image: Each Kappel four-bladed fixed-pitch propeller (FPP) will have a diameter of 6.8m. Photo: courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.