U.S. Navy Looks to MAN Engines for Bunker Efficiency Boost on Newbuild Bunker Tankers

Tuesday March 21, 2017

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MAN) Monday announced that the U.S. Navy has selected the Fairbanks Morse-manufactured MAN 12V48/60CR engine as main propulsion for a new series of 17 bunker vessels - a move expected to boost the fuel efficiency of navy's fleet as it replaces its old vessels.

The FM-MAN 48/60CR engine is said to have been selected through detailed design studies based on set programme goals of energy efficiency, equipment reliability, and cargo-handling efficiency.

"The U.S. Navy knows our 48/60 engine very well, especially our L48/60A variant, and this played a key role in Fairbanks Morse winning this contract," said Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN.

"The 48/60CR is the next generation of this proven engine with a further optimised performance featuring improved fuel-efficiency, reduced emissions and increased reliability."

Delivery of the first tanker is set for 2020, with ships from the current fleet to be phased out at the rate of one per year.

In October, Ship & Bunker reported that Rolls-Royce Holdings plc (Rolls-Royce) had secured a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the new vessels.