About Me

My photo
MILITARY TECHNOLOGY (MILTECH) is the world's leading international tri-service defence monthly magazine in the English language. MILITARY TECHNOLOGY is "Required Reading for Defence Professionals". Follow us on Twitter: MILTECH1

24 March 2016

Rolls-Royce Powered Tugs Take to Sea with Koninklijke Marine and Marinen

Damen Shipyards Group delivered the first of three Type ASD 2810 Hybrid Tugs to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN - Koninklijke Marine) at the end of February 2016, followed the handover of two new seagoing ICE-class tugs to the Swedish Royal Navy (Marinen) at the end of 2015. Rolls-Royce supplied Damen with a total of ten MTU Series 4000 engines and five MTU Series 2000 engines, in addition to azimuth thrusters for the propulsion system of the workboats. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The MTU engines provide the tugs with excellent manoeuvrability and are ideally suited to operations carried out by the Dutch and Swedish Navies in port and coastal areas and at sea,” Roel van Eijle, Sales Manager, Damen, explained.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Damen have already successfully completed numerous tug projects in the past. We are delighted about this renewed collaboration and the trust and confidence placed in our MTU engines,” Knut Müller, Head of Marine, Offshore and Defence Business, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, further evaluated.

Damen Shipyards delivered the first of a total of three hybrid tugs to the Royal Netherlands Navy. The propulsion concept consists of the main mechanical propulsion system equipped with two MTU 16V 4000 engines and a diesel-electric propulsion system equipped with a genset based on a MTU 12V 2000 engine and batteries.

Two new tugs of the Swedish Royal Navy are powered by twice MTU 8V 4000 diesel engines, each delivering an output of 1,000 kilowatts. The ICE Class workboats have a reinforced hull and are classified as being highly resistant to abrasion and mechanical stress.

The Koninklijke Marine’s hybrid tugs contain a main mechanical propulsion system equipped with two MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines – each delivering 1,840kW of power – plus a diesel-electric propulsion system, equipped with a 640kW genset based on a MTU 12V 2000 M41B engine, and batteries.

Tugs equipped with hybrid propulsion can operate in port and coastal areas solely on battery power that has been generated by the combustion engine. Compared with other tugs, hybrid versions use up to 30% less fuel and produce 40% fewer exhaust emissions. Each of the vessels supplied to the Dutch Navy has a maximum bollard pull of 60 tonnes. Among their many duties, the tugs will be given the task of towing military vessels, carrying crew members and positioning floating targets during military exercises.

The two tugs for the Marinen are powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel engines, each delivering an output of 1,000 kilowatts. The ICE Class workboats have a reinforced hull and are highly resistant to abrasion and mechanical stress. As all-rounders, they are not only designed to manoeuvre in waters partly covered in ice, but also to recover torpedoes used in military exercises and tow ships, as well as carry military equipment, drinking water, fuel, and up to 12 crew members. They are equipped with firefighting equipment powered by a 12 cylinder, 600kW MTU Series 2000 engine.

The main mechanical propulsion system of the Royal Netherlands Navy´s hybrid tugs contains two MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines - each delivering 1,840kW of power.