Danish shipping company DFDS has placed an order with MAN Diesel & Turbo for the construction of two ro-ro vessels, each to be powered by two MAN B&W 8S40ME-B9 engines.
The ships will meet parameters laid down by the Danish-German ARK military project for the deployment of military material, but the design will be tailored for operations on the DFDS commercial network.
Each vessel will be powered by two MAN B&W 8S40ME-B9-type main engines. Its FF-type propeller features a full feathering pitch position and employs the Alphatronic 2000 as its propulsion control system.
This will enable an ordinary service speed of 18.6-18.7kts and a contractual ship speed of 20.5kts when the two new vessels are deployed for service on DFDS’s North Sea routes. The speed will be reduced to around 12kts when deployed on military convoys.
The two identical newbuildings will be constructed at the P+S Werften shipyard in northern Germany, and are scheduled for delivery in 2012.
The ships will have a lane-capacity of 3,000m and room for 342teu on the weather deck.