A contract for four Logistic Support Ships (LSS) has been given to the temporary consortium that is formed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group.
According to the deal, the MAN Energy Solutions will supply the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard with 16 engines related to the making of four refueling tankers for the French Navy.
Every ship will have a diesel electric propulsion system along with two shaft lines and propellers. The MAN’s supply will include 2 × MAN 12V32/44CR engines (2 × 7,200kW) + 2 × MAN 8L32/44CR engines (2 × 4,800kW) resiliently mounted on baseframes.
Wayne Jones OBE – Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board, MAN Energy Solutions – attended the signing ceremony in Saint-Nazaire and said: “This is a real stamp of approval for our Company as this is a sizable contract with what is probably one of the most active navies in Europe. It is also very pleasing to work once again with Chantiers de l’Atlantique, one of Europe’s major shipyards. We thank both organisations for placing their trust in us and look forward to our continued fruitful relationship.”
The order is part of a Franco-Italian LSS Programme led by OCCAR, that is the International Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation, on behalf of DGA, the French Armament General Directorate, and its Italian counterpart, NAVARM.
The fuel capacity of every tanker is 13,000 m3, which aims to give the French and the combat vessels of the allied navies’ logistical support. The fuel will be carried for vessels, jet fuel for aircraft, weapons and ammunition, spare parts, as well as food. The design of the tankers are done so as to support the aviation group attached to the aircraft carrier, ‘Charles de Gaulle’.