February 15, 2010
Chinese RoPax ferries to have MAN diesels
China's Bohai Ferry Co., Ltd. has ordered four MAN 16V32/40CD propulsion plants to power two passenger vessels being built to supplement its fleet. The four-stroke engines will be built at MAN Diesel's production center in Augsburg, Germany. They will operate at 750 rpm, providing a total of 16 MW of installed power for the 2,300 passenger /2,500 lane meter RoPax vessels.
The ferries will be built at Huanghai Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., in RongCheng City, Shandong Province, and the order includes an option for two other vessels.
Bohai Ferry Co., Ltd. has also ordered twin-screw, controllable pitch propeller (CPP) propulsion systems from Alpha, suitable for ice class B. The MAN Diesel scope of supply includes two single-stage reduction gearboxes from Renk for each vessel. Delivery of the propulsion systems is expected to take place in the first half of 2011.
Bohai Ferry Co., Ltd. is a major passenger-liner transportation enterprise in Bohai Bay, Northeastern China. Its main activity is passenger transportation on the Yantai-Dalian and Penglai-Dalian sea routes where the company already operates several, large passenger liners.