Babcock awards propulsion contract to MAN ES

Babcock awards propulsion contract to MAN ES
Rendering of the Type 31 general-purpose frigate design. Image courtesy of MAN Energy Solutions.

MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to supply propeller equipment for five general-purpose frigates to be constructed by Babcock International Group.

Each 138.7-m twin screw vessel, rated at more than 16,000 kW pr. shaftline, will be equipped with MAN Alpha VBS Mk 5 CP propeller systems, and all related equipment. The propeller configuration will be designed and supplied out of MAN Energy Solutions´ design and production facilities at Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Construction of the vessels will take place at Babcock´s Rosyth, Scotland-based yard. The design of the Type 31 is based on Odense Maritime Technology’s (OMT) industry-proven ‘Iver Huitfeldt class’ hull form, which is currently in service with the Royal Danish Navy.

Graeme Thomson, programme director Type 31, Babcock said “We are delighted to welcome MAN to the Type 31 supply chain as the preferred supplier for the propeller equipment.”

Poul Knudsgaard, head of MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke Denmark, MAN Energy Solutions Site Frederikshavn – said: “We are well-known in the naval segment but securing this frigate contract, along with our ability to comply with the Royal Navy’s comprehensive naval requirements, allows us to further showcase our expertise. The complexity and strict performance criteria demanded by this order make it an excellent reference for MAN Energy Solutions.”