On 3 November, MAN Diesel & Turbo announced it has won a contract to supply the first shipset of generator sets for the multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (OPV) being built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. The contract includes an option for six further shipsets. Each OPV (known as ‘Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura’ or PPA in Italian) will have four 12V175D gensets, each delivering 1,640kW. Head of the company’s four-stroke marine unit, Lex Nijsen, commented: “We already have several 175D test installations in operation, but this is really the breakthrough for the engine. Its excellent performance data and fuel consumption figures have created huge interest in the market, and we’re looking forward to following its development.” The PPA is a 133m long vessel with a crew of 180, capable of a top speed over 32kts and intended to fulfil a wide variety of missions. The vessels will be built in Italy and delivered 2021-2026. A total of seven vessels are currently planned.