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MAN delivers gensets for first Italian Navy multipurpose OPV

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The MAN 175D is a powerful high speed engine in the power range from 1,500 kW to 2,200 kW. Typical applications include ferries, offshore supply vessels, tugs, working boats and naval vessels. In combination with the MAN ow-designd SCR after-treatment system, the MAN 175D already fulfills the latest IMO emission regulations

OCTOBER 4, 2017 — Following an order won in October 2016, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE has delivered the gensets for first new Italian Navy offshore patrol vessel and secured an order fora second ship set.

After a successful factory acceptance test (FAT) in July 2017, witnessed by a delegation from the Italian Navy, MAN Diesel & Turbo has delivered four MAN 12V175D generating sets to shipbuilder Fincantieri Muggiano Shipyard, where the first of a class of seven Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Vessels (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura – PPA) is currently under construction.

This marks a milestone for the MAN 175D as, after being successfully operated in commercial marine installations, the engine is now available as a fully qualified and referenced product for the defense market.

Following the delivery of main and auxiliary engines for the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Vulcano, this is MAN Diesel & Turbo’s second contribution to the Italian Navy’s fleet renewal program, and will not be the last as the engines for its Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) are currently in production and the follow-up gensets order for the second PPA has recently been placed by Fincantieri.

The MAN 12V175D gensets for the PPA class are specifically designed for Navy applications, including double elastic mounting layout to fulfill strict vibration and shock requirements. Two of the gensets are equipped with a high-performance noise enclosure to guarantee a very low acoustic signature and MAN’s own-design SCR exhaust after-treatment systems, already compliant with the latest IMO Tier III emission regulations.

Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine, commented: “MAN Diesel & Turbo SE is proud of having contributed with the MAN 175D to such an ambitious and technologically advanced fleet renewal program. The close cooperation with Fincantieri and the Italian Navy has been the key factor for a successful project and has laid the foundation for securing the order for the second shipset”.

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