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MAN Diesel & Turbo power for U.S. trawler newbuild

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Skipsteknisk ST-116XL design will be used for new trawler

NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for an MAN 8L32/44CR engine to power a newbuilding trawler for Fishermen’s Finest, Kirkland, WA.

To be named M/S America’s finest, the vessel will be built at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, WA, using an ST-116 XL design from Skipsteknisk, Norway.

Delivery of the propulsion package is scheduled for December 2015, with vessel delivery expected in November 2017.

The 32/44CR engine order is the first CR engine sold to the American fishing segment that is fully EPA Tier II-compliant and is a first reference for MAN Diesel & Turbo in the important U.S. domestic fishing industry.

Helena Park, CEO Fishermen’s Finest, said: “I am impressed with the technological advantages the MAN 8L32/44CR common-rail diesel engine will give our eco-trawler, ‘M/S America’s Finest’.

Robert Burger, Managing Director – MAN Diesel & Turbo, U.S.A., said: “Fishermen’s Finest aims to be a leader in the competitive U.S. fishing industry and habitually employs the latest technology to improve the productivity of its fleet. In ordering our four-stroke engine, it recognizes the commercial advantage it can gain from our common-rail technology that is fully integrated with the engine and has best-in-class fuel efficiency accompanied by low emissions.”

The engine will have an output of 4,800 kW (600 kW/cyl) and will be built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Augsburg, Germany, works.

The prime mover is part of a propulsion package that also includes an MAN Alpha 4–bladed CP propeller type VBS 940 Mk 5 with 3,800 mm diameter and an AHT high-thrust nozzle, MAN’s proprietary Sacosone common-rail engine-control system, MAN’s Alphatronic 3000 Propulsion Control System, and a gearbox  (power 4,800 kW, horizontal offset 950 mm, PTO 2,900 kW).

Fishermen’s Finest reports that its new order comes at a time when the political climate in the State of Washington is very positive and openly promoting efforts for distant-water fishing fleets to replace outmoded vessels.

Recent public statements by the state government to this effect have given broad support to introducing modern ship designs that can dramatically reduce fuel costs, increase efficiency, and better meet new requirements for environmental protection. As such, the order for America’s Finest with its modern MAN technology comes at an opportune moment.

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s common-rail engines are among the most technologically advanced in its portfolio with a segment-leading SFOC that significantly lowers emissions of soot and NOx at all possible engine operating points. The company’s CR engines have already established a solid foothold in other, major fishing markets.

Fishermen’s Finest Inc. is an independent fishing company that manages a fleet of two catcher/processor vessels operating in the bottomfish fisheries of the North Pacific and Bering Sea where the large continental shelf supports a rich ecosystem and huge populations of, among other fish species, pollock and cod.

Fishermen’s Finest has its headquarters in Kirkland, Washington State, and its fleet hails primarily from Dutch Harbor, the fishing capital of the Aleutian Islands.

An example of the MAN 8L32/44CR engine that will power ‘America’s Finest’

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