MAN B&W Units Power Brazilian Resurgence

Suezmax tanker latest vessel in oil transport fleet

By MarEx 2013-05-29 14:38:00

On 20 May, 2013, MAN Diesel & Turbo representatives attended the delivery ceremony of the Suezmax tanker 'Zumbi dos Palmares'. Powered by an MAN B&W 6S70ME-C type prime mover and 3 × MAN 7L23/30H auxiliary engines, the vessel is the second ship built by Estaleiro Atlantico Sul (EAS) stemming from the Brazilian Government's PROMEF shipbuilding program.

The ceremony took place at the EAS shipyard, in north-eastern Brazil, and was attended by the President of Brazil – Dilma Rouseff, President of Petrobras – Maria das Grac?as Silva Foster, and President of Transpetro – Sergio Machado.

"We are proud to participate in this new chapter of Brazilian shipbuilding history", said Lincoln de Sousa, Diesel Division director of MAN Diesel & Turbo in Brazil who also attended the ceremony. He continued: "We want to congratulate Transpetro on the successful launch and are confident that our engine will contribute to a successful working life for the new tanker. To this end, we have already trained some of the Zumbi dos Palmares crew on various aspects of the engine's operation at our MAN Primeserv Academy in Rio de Janeiro."

At the ceremony, Transpetro also announced the reactivation of contracts for 12 ships to be constructed by EAS. The latest newbuilding is one of 10 Suezmax vessels EAS is contracted to produce.

Transpetro is Brazil's largest hydrocarbon transportation company and a fully owned subsidiary of Petrobras, the local energy multinational. Under PROMEF (Program for Modernization and Expansion of the Fleet), Transpetro has ordered a total of 28 ships, all to be equipped with MAN B&W two-stroke prime movers. Each engine has an output of circa 22,000 hp.

The Zumbi dos Palmares has a payload of one million barrels of crude oil, equivalent to half of Brazil's daily production, and will primarily sail long, international routes. Immediately after the ceremony, the tanker started its maiden voyage, departing Atlaantico Sul in Suape for the Campos Basin off Rio de Janeiro. Its launching marks the fifth PROMEF vessel in operation, two of which have come from the EAS yard. The other EAS vessel is a sister Suezmax tanker, the 'Joaao Candido', which was delivered in 2010 and is similarly powered by an electronically controlled MAN B&W 6S70ME-C type engine.

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