MAN Diesel and Turbo to power giant crane ship

DECEMBER 17, 2015 — MAN Diesel & Turbo is to supply the dual fuel propulsion system for the $1 billion New Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (NSCV) ordered at Singapore's Sembcorp Marine by Heerema Offshore Services (see earlier story).


The scope of MAN Diesel & Turbo's contract includes twelve MAN 8L51/60DF four-stroke engines and twelve MAN SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) systems.

MAN Diesel & Turbo says that the total power output of the engines is some 96 MW, meaning that this will be one of the largest engine installations ever seen aboard a commercial ship.

The vessel will be the first in its size range to feature dual-fuel technology and, on completion, will be the world's largest vessel of its kind.

Engine delivery is scheduled for first quarter 2017 with vessel delivery due from the shipbuilder in 2018.

The highly efficient MAN Diesel & Turbo package ensures full fuel-flexibility and will meets NOx Tier III emission limits at all times – whether the vessel is within Tier III zones or not – both during operation on LNG and during operation on MGO with the help of the SCR system.

MAN Diesel & Turbo says that the engines maintain their high efficiency – including during SCR operation – through integrated and customised control strategies.

"The entire project has special requirements in all aspects – it is absolutely a customized solution and a notable feather in our cap to have been selected as propulsion-system supplier for this unique vessel," says Lex Nijsen – Head of Four-Stroke Marine – MAN Diesel & Turbo. "This is not just the largest, dual-fuel propulsion system ever featured on a single vessel, it also ensures Tier-III compliance in all operational scenarios, whether in gas- or MGO-modes, and whether within or without NOx Tier III-controlled areas. The solution MAN Diesel & Turbo is delivering to Sembcorp Marine and Heerema is reliable, efficient, flexible and meets the highest safety and environmental standards."

A key determinant in the choosing of the 51/60DF engine was its ability to fulfill the particularly high load-ramp requirements demanded by the NSCV's two giant Huisman 10,000 ton cranes in both diesel and gas modes while maintaining its efficiency.

Another key characteristic of the four-stroke unit is its ability to operate at 100% MCR and above, in gas mode, and to switch smoothly and seamlessly from gas to liquid-fuel operation (and vice versa) at full load without any fluctuation in output or speed. These are all essential features to satisfy the SSCV's vital DP-3 (dynamic positioning) station-keeping requirement.

Furthermore, with the aim of becoming the most environmentally friendly crane vessel ever built, operation will be on ultra-low sulfur fuel, a fuel type that the 51/60DF readily handles.

MAN Diesel & Turbo's SCR system provides an integrated solution for its entire portfolio of four-stroke engines and serves as a standard solution to meet Tier III emission limits.

  • The SCR system is available in fourteen different sizes and special system features include:
  • communication with the engine control system that optimises the temperature for the SCR system at individual load-points
  • integration of the SCR control system into the overall engine control system
  • adaptation of injection control from MAN with electronic fuel injection

The MAN SCR solution is a modular system, with the built-in flexibility to adjust to the NSCV's particular requirements such as its long exhaust-gas lines, the distance between the SCR and engine. Nor does the SCR system negatively affect load-ramp requirements. In this respect, MAN's SCR is very much a customized solution.

With a length of 220 m and a width of 102 m, the NSCV will be the world's largest crane vessel. Despite the vessel's large dimensions, optimally locating the engines and SCR systems aboard proved a challenge, one which MAN Diesel & Turbo and the flexibility of the SCR system helped resolve.

The vessel features four engine rooms, each with three MAN 8L51/60DF engines. The integration of SCR and engine-control system enables the SCR to be operated at a relatively low exhaust-gas temperature, which is the basis for a high engine efficiency, and enables the SCR to be positioned further away from engines. In consequence, no compromises have to be made with the vessel layout and the SCR systems will be positioned under the ship's funnel in a vertical arrangement, some 80 m away from the engines.

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