Kiwi Navy Selects MAN B&W Power
The Australian Shipbuilder Tenix Defence has selected MAN B&W VP185 and RK280 series engines to power a fleet of patrol vessels for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s fleet replacement program, designated Project Protector. The order was received by MAN B&W Diesel Australia and includes the propulsion diesels, gearboxes, diesel generator sets and the propulsion system integration.
Four 55 m Inshore Patrol Vessels will be constructed by Tenix at its Whangarei Shipyard in New Zealand. Each twin engine vessel will be powered by the latest version of the MAN B&W 12VP185 engines rated 2500 kW at 1907 r/min. The engines will drive controllable pitch propellers through ZF 7640 NR gearboxes. The IPVs will have a range of 3000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 25 knots.
Two 85 m Ice Class Offshore Patrol Vessels will be constructed at Tenix’s Williamstown facility in Australia. They will each be powered by two 12RK280 engines, driving CP propellers through ZF W63000 NRH gearboxes. Each engine has a continuous rating of 5400 kW at 1000 r/min. The vessels will have a range of 6000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 22 knots.