PME becomes sole UK MAN importer

The MAN powered ‘Iceni Legend’ was at Seawork this year The MAN powered ‘Iceni Legend’ was at Seawork this year

The PME Group has become the sole importer for MAN engines in the UK following an announcement at this year’s Seawork International.

"Having already been a main dealer for over 20 years, the move by MAN is further recognition of PME’s strength in the market, especially in light of Brexit," Jade Chalk, commercial director, PME, told Maritime Journal.

“Appointing PME as sole UK distributor for its engines, MAN is sending a clear indication of its continued interest in the longevity of the UK market.”

“There is a continued strong demand for MAN engines from the UK leisure marine market and the offshore wind farm vessel markets,” added Peter Chalk, managing director, PME Group.

The market split for MAN engines in the UK, according to PME, is 60/40% towards the leisure market.

He told MJ that demand for MAN engines in the leisure market is increasing year by year with yacht builders such as Princess and Sunseeker.

In the commercial marine market, demand is coming from the offshore wind market, with MAN engines in demand for newbuild windfarm service vessels.

Along with the increased demand for MAN engines comes increased demand for after care and servicing, which will Mr Chalk said will continue to grow, especially now that MAN is offering and extended warranty with its engines.

Andrew Mellard, general manager of MAN, Engine and Components UK, said that there was a real buzz at Seawork this year.

He said: “We’ve chosen Seawork to announce our news as it’s the mainstay of the business and the only true commercial show in the UK and we thought it was the perfect showcase to announce a major change in our business.”

“Seawork gives us a good opportunity to network and, unlike other exhibitions, you feel as if business is being done. You feel like you’re really achieving something. We’ve been at Seawork since its infancy and in the past five years it’s gone from strength to strength.”

Some of the MAN driven vessels on show at Seawork this year included the Iceni Legend offshore windfarm service vessel.

Iceni Marine Services’ latest addition to the fleet, Iceni Legend, was launched on 7 April. The vessel is a South Boats IOW 23m crew transfer vessel (CTV) built by Alicat Workboats in Great Yarmouth.

It’s equipped with twin MAN V12-1400 main engines coupled Servogear HD295 reduction ‘V’ drive gearboxes driving a Servogear Ecoflow Propulsor system with 1225mm CPP propellers for speeds in excess of 30 knots, efficient cruising speeds coupled to high bollard pull capability.

Iceni Legend is the fourth 23m CTV Iceni Marine Services ordered from South Boats IOW and Alicat Workboats.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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