MAN ES diesel engines to power German Navy F126 frigates

German engine supplier MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) has received a contract from Damen Naval to provide diesel engines for the German Navy’s new F126 frigates.

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As disclosed, each vessel will be equipped with 2 × MAN 32/44CR engines, with each engine featuring proprietary MAN Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems to comply with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Tier III regulations.

Furthermore, the engines will be equipped with a high-displacement, soft-resilient mounting system to comply with the latest regulations regarding shock and noise requirements.

MAN Energy Solutions will also supply its latest development in the engine control system.

The company will deliver eight propulsion engines, two for each of the four contracted frigates. An option exists for two further frigates.

The 32/44CR engines will form part of an F126 combined diesel-electric-and-diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system, providing a top speed of more than 26 knots.

The first engines will be delivered to the shipyard in early 2024.

The news was announced during the SMM trade fair in Hamburg.

A few days ago, Damen contracted Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems  to deliver 16 mtu diesel generator sets for the frigates.

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In June 2020, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) ultimately awarded the construction contract for the four ships to the Dutch shipbuilder Damen as the general contractor.

Damen Naval will deliver the frigates to the German Navy as the general contractor, together with sub-contractors, Blohm+Voss and Thales.

The ships will be constructed entirely in Germany at shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg.

The first ship will be handed over in Hamburg in 2028 and the contract includes an option for two further frigates.