MAN hybrid systems to equip Indonesian mine-sweepers

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German shipyard yard Abeking & Rasmussen has announced that it has begun the construction of two mine-hunting vessels for the Indonesian Navy which will feature complete MAN hybrid propulsion packages.

The propulsion systems will consist of two MAN 12V175D-MM engines delivering 2,220kW at 1,900rpm, coupled to a MAN Alpha CPP twin screw-propeller drive including an Alphatronic 3000 propulsion-control system. Furthermore, the company’s AKA hybrid PTI system will be employed to allow the vessels to operate silently while mine-hunting (slow speed with pure electric propulsion).

Ben Andres, head of high-speed sales, MAN Energy Solutions, commented on the deal, “The 175D engine is ideally suited for demanding naval applications where its compactness and best-in-class fuel-oil consumption are always key criteria for customers. Delivering propulsion packages to these two mine-hunters also fulfills our ambition to increasingly becoming a supplier of complete solutions. This is the first time that we have worked with Abeking & Rasmussen and I look forward to further developing our relationship in the future.”

MAN notes it has developed the 175D engine range to supplement and complete its product portfolio in the maritime sector. In three variants of 12, 16 and 20 cylinders, the engine is available with an output ranging from 1,500kW to 4,400kW and is optimized for propelling ferries, offshore supply vessels, tug boats and other working vessels. Other market areas, such as super-yachts and naval marine applications, are also served by additional, specialist model versions.

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