MAN Supplying Engines For Thai Navy
By Jack Burke23 January 2020
MAN Energy Solutions will supply the main propulsion engines for two new 41 m patrol vessels for the Royal Thai Navy.
Each vessel will be powered by two MAN 16V175D-MM, IMO Tier 2 engines, each rated at 2960 kWm at 1900 rpm. Marsun Shipyard in Thailand will construct the newbuildings with delivery scheduled for August 2020.
The Royal Thai Navy already operates MAN Energy Solutions engines on its Krabi-class Offshore Patrol Vessels; a second such vessel was commissioned last September.
“We are delighted to expand our presence in the Royal Thai Navy’s fleet with the addition of these two new vessels,” said Barend Thijssen, head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales & Licensing – MAN Energy Solutions. “The 175D is rapidly establishing itself in governmental applications, due to its excellent performance and efficient operating costs.”
Due to its comprehensive engine portfolio, MAN Energy Solutions SE said it can provide propulsion solutions to cover a wide range of naval and governmental applications, from fast patrol craft to large amphibious and auxiliary vessels.
MAN Energy Solutions developed the MAN 175D engine range to supplement and complete its product portfolio in the maritime sector. 12, 16 and 20-cylinder variants of the engine are available with outputs ranging from 1500 to 4000 kW and these are optimized for propelling ferries, offshore supply vessels, tug boats and other, working vessels, the company said.
Specialist model versions have also been developed for other market segments, such as superyachts and naval marine applications. The MAN 175D utilizes a very compact and flexible SCR system, which enables vessel designers to optimize space on board, the company said.
Established in 1980, Marsun Public Co. Ltd. is strategically located near Bangkok at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River and has delivered over 300 vessels of various types, including naval and civilian vessels. Marsun also provides consultation on design, construction and repair for both domestic and international customers.