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MAN D&T to power world's biggest cutter-section dredger

MAN D&T to power world's biggest cutter-section dredger
MAN Diesel & Turbo is supplying 40,000kw of power for the largest cutter-section dredger ever built, under construction at Uljanik Brodogradiliste shipyard in Pula, Croatia for Jan De Nul Group.

When delivered in 2017, the vessel, designated JDN8069, will have double the total diesel power of the world’s biggest cutter-section-dredger currently in operation, J.F.J. De Nul.

The propulsion package will consist of three new engines, including an MAN 14V48/60CR and two MAN 9L48/60CR engines, as well as three step-up RENK Rheine gearboxes. Each engine will feature TCA-type exhaust gas turbochargers, monitoring and diagnosis in the form of MAN D&T’s SaCoSone system, and advanced electronic fuel-injection systems.

“Jan De Nul Group knows MAN very well and much of its fleet features our engines,” said Lex Nijsen – vp and head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN D&T. “This new vessel represents a significant development within the dredger segment in that, up to now, the largest installed power on similar vessels was approximately 27-28 MW, a figure the new vessel easily surpasses. I’m confident this order will help Jan De Nul Group maintain its strong presence in the dredger market.”