Uzmar Shipyards has placed an order for four MAN 12V175D-MM marine propulsion engines to equip two new Svitzer TRAnsverse tugs bound for Australia.

Svitzer TRAnsverse tug

Source: Svitzer

Four MAN 12V175D-MM marine propulsion engines will equip two new Svitzer TRAnsverse tugs being built by Uzmar Shipyards

Each shipset consists of 2 × 2,400 kW-rated engines and will provide mechanical propulsion power for the newbuild TRAnsverse tugs.

“While always selecting engines that will be dependable in our diverse and often demanding marine-services operations many years into the future, the opportunities for decarbonisation are an equally important consideration,” said Kasper Karlsen, chief operating officer at Svitzer.

”MAN Energy Solutions is a key provider for us in this context, and we are pleased to be partnering with them for the delivery of engines for our two new TRAnsverse tugs.”

Important order

MAN Energy Solutions’ production facility in Frederikshavn, Denmark, will supply the engines directly to UZMAR with deliveries respectively scheduled for November and December 2023, while vessel completions are planned for late 2024.

Upon handover, the tugs will enter service as part of Svitzer’s Australian fleet.

As part of its decarbonisation strategy, Svitzer is gradually introducing new, low-emission fuel types into its operations. The new engines will provide the opportunity to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which can bring tank-to-wake carbon emissions to zero.

“This important order provides another clear example of the benefits of having compact 12-cylinder propulsion engines with this amount of power available for harbour tug applications,” said Florian Keiler, head of high speed, MAN Energy Solutions.

”It also demonstrates the trust that global customers, such as Svitzer and UZMAR, place in MAN Energy Solutions to deliver the highest quality equipment with many significant performance benefits.”

MAN Energy Solutions developed the MAN 175D engine range to supplement and complete its product portfolio in the maritime sector. Available in three variants of 12, 16 and 20 cylinders, the engine is available with an output ranging from 1,500 to 4,400 Kilowatts and is optimised for propelling ferries, offshore support ships, tugs and other working vessels.

The 175D was designed from the outset for low fuel consumption, coupled with compliance to the latest exhaust-gas-emission standards and future-fuel requirements where it is already cleared for operation on biofuels, such as FAME and HVO.