MAN Energy Solutions will supply eight 12V175D-MM engines for four 24-m ASD tugs for the Royal Canadian Navy.
The vessels are set respectively for delivery to Canada’s major naval bases at Esquimalt, British Columbia and Halifax, Nova Scotia, with each location set to receive two tugs. The vessels will be built by OCEAN Industries, which is based in Quebec.
Under the contract, MAN Energy Solutions will also provide SCR technology for the engines, facilitating Tier 3 compliance, as well as ship service diesel-generator sets.
The engine offers 2333 bhp at 1800 rpm.
Work on these components will take place at MAN’s facility in Denmark, while its Canadian division will integrate the systems and additionally provide training, testing and support during harbor-acceptance and sea-acceptance trials.
The new order stems from Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy that aims to rebuild a strong, sustainable marine sector locally. It is part of a governmental plan to provide more meaningful business opportunities to companies across the country to help the domestic marine sector grow and thrive.
“MAN Energy Solutions views this contract – along with recent Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) and Joint Support Ship (JSS) orders – as a vote of trust from the Royal Canadian Navy in our technology and support,” said Kamen Stoykov, Marine Sales & Projects Manager, MAN Energy Solutions, Canada. “Accordingly, we continue our commitment to Canada and our operations here by continuing to invest in our facilities on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, in the process creating high-quality jobs. MAN looks forward to more opportunities to work with the Royal Canadian Navy in the future.”
MAN has already invested in Aspin Kemp and Associates – the power-supply, energy-management and drive-systems specialist from Prince Edward Island (PEI) – thus supporting the government of Canada’s objective to re-establish and grow the Canadian maritime industry and provide access to world markets for Canadian companies.
Known as the Naval Large Tug (NLT) project, the new IMO Tier 3 vessels are based on a Robert Allan Ltd. RAmparts 2400 design.