MAN B&W Engines for Cruise Vessel Repower
MAN B&W announced that four new MAN B&W 7L32/40 diesel engines for propulsion and two gensets of the 8L21/31 type for ships power will be used in the refurbishment of the cruise vessel Black Watch, built in Helsinki in 1972. The 205 m vessel, owned by the the Red Band AS Shipping company, Norway, is scheduled to arrive at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg in April, 2005 where she will be completely renewed within a period of only 57 days, including a 2-day sea trial. The conversion and modernisation work is focussed on a reduction of the noise and vibration levels, as well as on obtaining lower fuel consumption rates. Each of the main engines generates an output of 3500 kW at 750 r/min. The new propulsion plant will be resiliently mounted on pre-manufactured foundations, while the propeller blades of the vessel will also be renewed and adjusted to the engine power.
As the general contractor, MAN B&W Diesel will also be responsible for the delivery of two new double reduction gearboxes of the NDSL-2800 type, manufactured by Renk AG, a further member of the MAN Group. A completely new propulsion control system will also be installed along with other safety equipment. The 205 m long vessel has 400 cabins and a passenger capacity of 761 persons.