China’s Jinling Shipyard in China has placed an order for four MAN 51/60DF engines for RoPax vessels being built for the German ferry operator TT-Line.

The vessel will feature a complete MAN propulsion package, including propellers, a fuel-gas-supply system (FGSS), and the company’s fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system HyProp ECO.

The new ship incorporates TT-Line’s ‘Green Ship’ design, developed in association with Copenhagen-based designer OSK-Shiptech.

After scheduled delivery in 2022, the vessel is likely to enter service within TT-Line’s route network in the Baltic Sea.

The new vessels, which will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), will emit 50% less greenhouse gases than TT-Line’s previous generation of vessels.

MAN Energy Solutions four-stroke marine sales head Lex Nijsen said: “Running on LNG, our propulsion package will enable this vessel to operate on such low emissions that it will become the most environmentally friendly RoPax ferry in the Baltic.

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“Our business, to a great extent, is based on offering systems such as this that help our customers to increase the efficiency of their plants and reduce emissions, while leading the way to a carbon-neutral future.”

MAN Energy Solutions will partner with Aspin Kemp and Associates (AKA) for the supply.

The company owns a 40% stake in AKA, which specialises in power supply, energy management and drive systems for marine and industrial applications.

"This order is the very first MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion system for a ferry application."

Its fuel-gas specialist, MAN Cryo, will also deliver the fuel-gas-supply system for the vessel.

Nijsen futher said: “This order is the very first MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion system for a ferry application, which reflects our strategic direction of developing sustainable technologies and solutions as shown by the contribution of AKA and MAN Cryo.”

Once the vessel is commissioned, it will be able to carry approximately 800 passengers and more than 200 lorries.