Diesel-Electric Propulsion For Russian Vessel

MAN Diesel & Turbo and its partner Aspin Kemp and Associates (AKA) have received an order for a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency with delivery scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The order includes four MAN 7L21/31 generator sets, including alternators. Each gen-sets is powered by a MAN L21/31 seven-cylinder engine. The 7L21/31 has an output of 1254 kW and a bore and stroke of 210 X 310 mm.

AKA’s scope of supply covers a complete 690 V main switchboard, 690 to 400 V transformers, electric motors for main propellers and thrusters, frequency converters for the electric motors, drive control and power management systems.

“This specialist vessel, with its unique operational demands, showcases MAN Diesel & Turbo’s competence as a solution provider and the broader capability we now possess with AKA’s energy-management expertise,” said Wayne Jones, chief sales officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “Encouragingly for our new partnership, the previous vessel in this series was equipped with an identical propulsion package, but from a different supplier.”
The partnership with AKA represents part of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategic development program, Basecamp 3000+, launched in 2016 when the company announced strategic acquisitions and partnerships to expand its product range with respect to the global trends of decarbonization and digitization.

MAN Diesel & Turbo said this is the first successful collaboration between the two partners since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought a 40% share in AKA in June 2017. AKA is based on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and is a specialist in diesel-hybrid vessel propulsion systems with integrated battery-storage systems and in on-board-power systems in dynamic positioning applications for the marine and offshore oil & gas sectors. The company also offers energy storage and hybrid power solutions for marine and land-based applications.

AKA’s CEO, Jason Aspin, said: “We are excited to deliver on this first order together with our new partner, MAN Diesel & Turbo. Our expertise in energy management, and electrical-system integration, combined with MAN’s vast experience in powertrain solutions, allows us to deliver a completely integrated power and propulsion system for this vessel.”

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