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MAN Engines introducing new higher-displacement MAN D3872 engine series for medium- and heavy-duty workboat applications

MAN Engines is expanding its existing engine portfolio for workboats with the new MAN D3872 engine series. This newly developed V12 engine for commercial applications brings its power from a displacement of 30 liters for the first time.


The MAN D3872 is currently undergoing field trials and achieves an output of 1,650 hp (1,213 kW) at 2,100 rpm in the LE432 variant for medium-duty applications. MAN is thus significantly expanding its portfolio compared to the MAN D2862 with 24.2 liters and 1,450 hp (1,098 kW).

Wind farm supply vessels (WSV), ferries and passenger ships, or fishing boats with up to 3,000 hours of operation per year and a full-load share of up to 50% are targeted applications.


The MAN D3872 is based on a completely newly developed basic engine, which benefits from the experience of the current V12 engine series.

The MAN D3872 is based on a completely new basic engine that benefits from the findings of the established MAN D2862 V12 engine series. Significant changes were implemented, including an increase in the wall thicknesses of the crankcase, optimized bolting and a new crankshaft with larger bearing diameters.

In addition to the positive results from extensive test bench tests, further tests are currently being carried out on the water in customer applications with classified engines, for example in a remotorization project of a passenger ferry.

In addition, the development of the new diesel engine was based on findings from the development of the E3872 stationary gas engine, which relies on a large number of common parts in the basic engine. The biogas and natural gas variants of the E3872 have already successfully completed several field trials and went into series production in November 2023.

The MAN D3872 has been further developed to provide higher performance while supporting the longevity of the product. A new coolant pump and an optimized thermostat housing provide an improved coolant supply and a long engine life. The engine offers optional outer skin cooling instead of the closed cooling circuit. The new cylinder head of the MAN D3872 is also aerodynamic and cooling-optimized. Improvements have also been made to the oil supply.

The new common rail injection system of the MAN D3872, with an injection pressure of 2,200 bar, enables low fuel consumption and excellent raw emissions. Together with the exhaust gas aftertreatment system, the adapted engine control unit meets current legal requirements such as EPA Tier 4, IMO Tier III or IMO Tier II. The MAN D3872 can also be combined with the “MAN Smart HYBRID Experience” hybrid system and, like all current model series from MAN Marine Engines, is approved for HVO.

The compact installation dimensions of the engine (2,235 x 1,250 x 1,320 mm) are almost identical to those of the MAN V12 series with a displacement of 24 liters. Despite its robustness, the MAN D3872, with a weight of 2,720 kg (dry), positions itself as a lightweight among the 12- and 16-cylinder workboat engines in this class.

With an outstanding power-to-weight ratio of 2.24 kg per kW (1.65 kg per hp) and a small footprint, the MAN D3872 will also be able to be used in confined spaces and at the same time comply with the strict EU Stage V emissions directive with modular exhaust gas aftertreatment.

The MAN D3872 LE432 with two-stage turbocharging with an output of 1,650 hp (1,213 kW) for medium-duty applications will be available at the end of 2024. Further power gradations with single-stage charging for heavy-duty applications and aggregates are being planned.


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