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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 

German operator AG EMS has announced the imminent entry into service of its new, high-speed catamaran ferry, the 450-seat Nordlicht II.

The newbuilding features two efficient MAN 16V175D-MM engines. each with power output of 2,960kW, giving a maximum speed of 35 knots. The vessel was constructed in Indonesia by the Penguin Shipyard Group.

Florian Keiler, Sales Manager High-Speed – Yacht & Ferry, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “This is another, excellent reference for the engine. 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. The engines will also operate on eco-friendly synthetic gas-to-liquid fuel (GTL), which ties in perfectly with MAN Energy Solutions’ decarbonisation strategy in support of the maritime energy transition.”

After testing in Singaporean waters, the newbuilding will shortly be transported to Europe where it will arrive in Emden, Germany in mid-June. Upon official commissioning in early July, the Nordlicht II will start the daily ferry schedule on the German Islands in the North Sea..

MAN Energy Solutions developed the MAN 175D engine range in three variants of 12, 16 and 20 cylinders, with an output ranging from 1,500kW to 4,400kW. Output is optimised for propelling ferries, offshore supply vessels, tugs and other working vessels. It was designhed from the outset to be extremely eco-friendly, complying with latest and future emission requirements, using a compact and flexible SCR system, enabling vessel designers to optimise space on board to the maximum.

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