OCEAN Industries Orders MAN Propulsion Packages for Royal Canadian Navy’s New Tugs

Quebec-based OCEAN Industries Inc. has ordered eight MAN 12V175D-MM, IMO Tier III-compliant engines in connection with the construction of four 24-metre Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

Under the contract, MAN Energy Solutions will also provide SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology for the engines, facilitating Tier III compliance, as well as ship service diesel-generator sets. 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 harbour acceptance and sea acceptance trials.

Kamen Stoykov, Marine Sales & Projects Manager, MAN Energy Solutions, Canada, said: “MAN is excited to partner with the Ocean Group under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy to provide our state-of-the-art MAN 175D high-speed propulsion engines and power generation for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Naval Large Tugboats. These modern engines will be equipped with the latest environmental protection technology from MAN and will comply with the latest environmental regulations. They also feature digitally-controlled fuel systems for optimal fuel efficiency.”

Stoykov continued: “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. 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 successfully 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.

The tugs are being built at the Ocean Industries Inc. shipyard under a $102 million contract awarded last year. Known as the Naval Large Tug (NLT) project, the new IMO Tier III vessels are based on a proven Robert Allan Ltd. RAmparts 2400 design.

Each tug will have an overall length of 24.4 metres, a moulded beam of 11.25 metres and a draught of 5.40 metres along with space for a crew of six.

These new tugs will provide towing, firefighting and other critical support services to both the Atlantic and Pacific Maritime Forces. They will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s five civilian-crewed Glen-class large tugs and two Fire-class rescue boats.

Two of these tugs will go to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia and the other two will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia. The first two tugs are scheduled to be delivered in 2021 with the last two tugs delivered in 2023.

Details of the selected NLT design include:

+ Propulsion: 2 × MAN 12V175D-MM (IMO Tier III)
+ Length overall: 24.40 m
+ Beam, moulded: 11.25 m
+ Draft: 5.40 m
+ Bollard Pull: 60 T
+ Speed: 12 knots
+ Crew: 6

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