MAN to supply gensets for Polar newbuilding – ABB propulsion

2024-03-01T19:01:57+00:00 March 1st, 2024|Technology|

Chilean tour operator, Antarctica21, has selected MAN engines for a diesel-electric set-up for its new 94 m newbuilding.

This follows a similar ship delivered in 2019 with same engine type.

Chilean shipbuilder, ASENAV (Astilleros y Servicios Navales), has ordered 4 × MAN 6L21/31 Mk2 PLO (part-load optimised) gensets for the 94 m, passenger cruise ship newbuilding for Antarctica21.

The ‘Magellan Discoverer’ will be slightly larger than a similar ship in the Antarctica21 fleet, the ‘Magellan Explorer’ from 2019, which has the same engine type installed and can also boast a PC6 class notation.

ASENAV is the largest private shipyard on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, adding significant value when promoting MAN engines on board notable vessels across America.

Each genset will come integrated with MAN Energy Solutions’ (MES) proprietary LP-SCR (low-pressure selective catalytic reduction) system that delivers NOx-reduction rates of up to 90%,  fulfilling the latest IMO environmental requirements.

The engines will be built at MES’ facility in Aurangabad, India where a very compact RAMME PM (permanent magnet) alternator will also be integrated.

Jaime Vásquez, President of Antarctica21, said: “We are delighted to reaffirm our partnership with MAN Energy Solutions Chile by selecting the 21/31 Mk2 PLO engine for our new Polar vessel.

“This engine sets the standard for the lowest fuel consumption in its category. Our continued trust in MAN Energy Solutions after-sales service in Chile, renowned for its reliability and expertise, reinforces our decision,” he said.

Gerardo Schneeberger MES’ Head of Sales, Chile, added: “We are very proud of this repeat order by Antarctica21 at ASENAV for MAN 21/31 engines.

“This displays great trust in MAN technology and further cements the solid foothold that our small-bore, 4-stroke, medium-sized engines have established in the Chilean market.

“The unique capabilities offered by PrimeServ Chile’s 24/7 service within all Chilean territories have also been key to winning this order,” he said.

Christian Kamm – Sales Manager Europe, Marine – MAN Augsburg, commented: “The optimised MAN 21/31 Mk2 PLO GenSet improves fuel efficiency without additional costs and combines classic engine-design principles with innovative technology. The integrated SCR system will also ensure the protection of the pristine marine environments that this cruise ship will operate in.”

In addition, ABB was selected by ASENAV to provide a power and propulsion system for the ‘Magellan Discoverer’.

Due for delivery in 2026, the vessel will be the first hybrid-electric Polar cruise ship to feature Azipod® propulsion to be built in the Americas.

The project further demonstrates ABB’s competitive advantage as a preferred supplier for electrification of expedition cruise ships, the company claimed.

ABB’s scope of supply will comprise the Azipod® propulsion system and a hybrid power plant featuring the Onboard DC Grid™ power distribution system, with a battery bank from Corvus Energy.

The flexibility of ABB’s Onboard DC Grid™ allows the integration of a wide range of energy sources, such as fuel cells, ensuring the vessel is ready to comply with future stricter emission regulations.

“We look forward to our collaboration with ASENAV and Antartica21,” said Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports. “Every new reference for Azipod® propulsion and hybrid power systems is a victory for ship efficiency, taking the industry forward on the journey toward de-carbonisation.”