VIDEO: AG Ems set to take delivery of MAN 175D-powered 34-knot cat

Written by Nick Blenkey
catamaran ferry Nordlich II

Vessel is now completing construction following launch

German ferry operator AG Ems is getting set to deploy the new high tech catamaran ferry Nordlich II on its routes between Cuxhaven and Hegoland and Borkum. Set for commissioning in July, the vessel is currently completing construction at the Penguin Shipyard Group’s Bataan, Indonesia, facility prior to being transported to Emden on a heavy lift ship.

Carrying a total of 450 passengers, the vessel will operate under the Cassen Eils shipping company flag and is equipped with a motion dampening system.


With a maximum speed of 34 knots, the newbuilding features two highly-efficient MAN 16V175D-MM engines with a power output of 2,960 kW each.

“This is another, excellent reference for the engine,” said Florian Keiler, Sales Manager High-Speed – Yacht & Ferry, MAN Energy Solutions. “These 16V175D-MM units are highly competitive in the 3 MW power range and perfectly suited to high-speed ferry applications with their typically high average-loads and harsh operating conditions. Furthermore, the engines’ best-in-class fuel-consumption and long TBOs make them the most economic units available in this power range.”

“The MAN 175D continues to win orders from customers that demand a combination of high power and compactness, as well as robustness, while simultaneously delivering low operating costs,” Keiler added. “The engines will also operate on ecofriendly synthetic gas-to-liquid fuel (GTL), which ties in perfectly with MAN Energy Solutions’ decarbonization strategy in support of the maritime energy transition.”

The MAN 175D engine range is available in three variants of 12, 16 and 20 cylinders, with output ranging from 1,500 to 4,400 kW. It is optimized for propelling ferries, offshore supply vessels, tug boats and other working vessels. Other market areas, such as super-yachts and naval marine applications are served by additional, specialist model versions.

The engine has been designed from the outset to comply with the latest, as well as future, exhaust-gas-emission requirements and utilizes a very compact and flexible SCR system, which enables vessel designers to optimize space on board to the maximum.

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