Lightweight diesels for Dutch pilot boat

The engines are MAN D2862LE438s and the scope of delivery includes aftertreatment systems (SCR) The engines are MAN D2862LE438s and the scope of delivery includes aftertreatment systems (SCR)

Netherlands MAN dealer MAN Rollo is to supply two MAN diesel engines that each generate 882kW at 2,100 rpm for a new pilot boat, which is being built for the Dutch Pilotage Service (Nederlands Loodswezen).

The engines are MAN D2862LE438s and the scope of delivery includes aftertreatment systems (SCR).

Next Generation Shipyards was awarded the contract for the construction of a new pilot boat for the Dutch Pilotage Service. The greatest challenge that the service placed on the boat was that its weight should be reduced from 54t to 40t, while retaining the functional properties including speed and sailing comfort. MAN engines are helping to achieve this due to a good power-to-weight ratio and low levels of vibration and sound.

Karel Schuurman, Manager Sales Marine Engines at MAN Rollo: “MAN engines are actually a lot more compact and lighter than engines from other brands. Due to the light weight, this new pilot boat can still achieve 28 knots with lower-power engines. This innovative approach reduces fuel consumption and substantially reduces CO2 emissions. The configuration of the engine with SCR meets the IMO-TIER III emission requirements that will come into force on 1 January 2021.”

Initially one new pilot boat will be built and delivered on 1 March 2020. If this boat meets all of the specifications, the shipyard will receive an order later in 2020 to construct another two pilot boats to be delivered in 2021 and 2022. The Dutch Pilotage Service will use these boats to replace the twenty-year-old Discovery Class.

By Jake Frith

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