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Kongsberg Maritime to Supply Propulsion for Philippine Navy’s New Offshore Patrol Vessels

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Kongsberg Maritime to Supply Propulsion for Philippine Navy’s New Offshore Patrol Vessels

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Kongsberg Maritime to Supply Propulsion for Philippine Navy’s New Offshore Patrol Vessels
Kongsberg Maritime to Supply Propulsion for Philippine Navy’s New Offshore Patrol Vessels

Kongsberg Maritime announces the sale of six sets of Controllable Pitch Propeller systems to Hyundai Heavy Industries for installation in six new 94-metre offshore patrol vessels for the Philippine Navy. Each propulsion set will consist of twin KONGSBERG Kamewa Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) 86 A/5 D-B systems, as well as shaft lines, hydraulic power units, local operating panels, and accessories. The first shipset will be delivered in August 2024. The six new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are part of a major upgrade to Philippine naval capacity. The new vessels are to have a displacement of 2,450 tonnes, maximum speed of 22 knots, 15-knot cruising speed and a range of 5,500 nautical miles. The vessels will be able to provide long range patrol capability.

“Our propulsion equipment is vital to the performance of these sophisticated new vessels for the Philippine Navy. We are proud to secure this important order for Kongsberg Maritime – it showcases our good and strong collaboration with our clients,” said Ottar Ristesund, Senior Vice President, Propulsion and Engine Sales, Kongsberg Maritime.

Kyung-Hoon Lee, Senior Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime Korea said,“That good business cooperation with HHI-EMD helped Kongsberg Maritime secure this ground-breaking new contract. Some years back we discussed our CPP business cooperation with HHI-EMD (Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine & Machinery) to make a package proposal to HHI-EMD for their own 4-stroke engine (“HiMSEN Engine”) to meet market demands. ” said Lee.

Kongsberg’s expertise includes optimising propeller efficiency against cavitation and vibration, thus significantly reducing a vessel’s underwater noise. By dividing the world’s leading propeller and shaftline systems into three different offerings, C-Line, P-Line, and X-Line, Kongsberg Maritime can provide high quality propeller solutions fully adapted to the Customer’s needs and requirements. The company supply controllable pitch propellers, fixed pitch propellers, and the innovative adjustable bolted propeller. Unlike other propulsor designers we have our own hydrodynamics research centre, equipped with two cavitation tunnels. In over 40 years of operation the centre has tested around 1,400 propellers and waterjet pumps to perfect and prove the design. Kongsberg’s propellers deliver good fuel economy, low vibration and noise levels and minimal cavitation.

Kongsberg Gruppen is an international technology group headquartered in Norway, that supplies high-technology systems to customers in the merchant marine, defence, aerospace, offshore oil and gas industries, and renewable and utilities industries. In 2018, Kongsberg had revenues of NOK 14.381 billion, and 6,842 employees in more than 25 countries. The company is headquartered in Kongsberg. It comprises three business areas: Kongsberg Maritime, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Kongsberg Digital. Kongsberg Maritime deliver systems for positioning, surveying, navigation, and automation to merchant vessels and offshore installations. Their most well known products exist within dynamic positioning systems, marine automation and surveillance systems, process automation, satellite navigation, and hydroacoustics.

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