Offshore Patrol Vessel Prepared for North Atlantic Duty
After delivery from Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark, the second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Danish Greenland operation entered official command under the Royal Danish Navy recently. The vessel, which has been named “Ejnar Mikkelsen” (P571), is like its predecessor built for a wide range of arctic and coastal operations. The newbuilding is expected to enter North Atlantic service at the end of February 2009 and thus follows the first vessel, “Knud Rasmussen” (P570), which was commissioned into the Royal Danish Navy last February.
Both vessels are powered by twin-engine medium-speed propulsion packages from MAN Diesel. The propulsion engines are eight-cylinder L27/38 units each with a nominal rating of 2720 kW at 800 r/min. The engines drive a MAN Diesel Alpha VBS 1080-series CP Propeller and an AVK shaft alternator through a Renk NDSL-2500 twin-in/single-out reduction gearbox. The propulsion equipment is ice-strengthened for operation through an ice thickness of 0.7 meters. The complete propulsion package, including local engine monitoring, control and safety systems, is controlled from the main bridge control station, from two indoor slave control stations, and from the engine control room stations via an Alphatronic 2000 system.
In the North Atlantic, the operational tasks of the vessels will include fishery inspection, environment protection, search and rescue, sea surveillance, sovereignty assurance and assistance to the Danish/Greenlandic government. The new OPVs will replace two of the Royal Danish Navy’s smaller and old Agdlek-class Inspection Cutters from 1973.
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