A recent news article published in the Riviera states that Rolls-Royce is to supply gensets for German frigates.
Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems
Dutch shipbuilder Damen has tapped Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems with delivering 16 mtu diesel generator sets for four F126 frigates under construction for the German Navy .
In 2020, Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support awarded construction of the frigates to Damen, which serves the general contractor with its sub-contractors Blohm+Voss and Thales.
Rolls-Royce environmentally friendly naval gensets
Each F126 will feature four mtu Series 4000 (20V 4000 M65L) variable-speed gensets, which are among the most environmentally friendly naval gensets Rolls-Royce has ever produced, meeting IMO’s Tier III emissions requirements owing to selective catalytic reduction systems.
The agreement also includes an integrated logistics support package. It is the second F126 contract awarded to Rolls-Royce; earlier this year Damen Naval chose the company to supply the automation applications mtu NautIQ Master and mtu NautIQ Foresight.
Damen Naval managing director Hein van Ameijden said, “We are delighted to announce the news of this contract and the fact we have found another German partner for this prestigious and important project for the Bundeswehr. We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce and its mtu solutions again.”
The variable speed genset’s biggest advantage is reducing fuel consumption at part load operation. Damen said this is the first time it will apply variable-speed generator sets on naval vessels in combination with a DC Grid.
“We expect this type of configuration will be the new standard in high-end naval applications,” said Mr Van Ameijden.
Top speed of more than 26 knots
Rolls-Royce has previously supplied frigate classes F124 and F125 and the corvettes K130 with mtu engines and diesel generator sets. The diesel generator sets will provide electrical power to the F126’s combined diesel electric and diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system. CODLAD provides a top speed of more than 26 knots.
These ships will be constructed entirely in Germany at shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg. The first diesel generator sets will be delivered early 2024 to the yard, the first ship will be handed over in Hamburg in 2028 and the contract includes an option for two further frigates.
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