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MAN Diesel & Turbo and AKA have received an order in connection with the building of a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency.
Delivery is scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg and marks the first successful collaboration between the two partners since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought a 40% share in AKA – the electric-and-hybrid-systems company – in June 2017. The order comprises 4 × MAN 7L21/31 GenSets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order covering:
· complete 690V main switchboard
· 690V-to-400V transformers
· electric motors for main props and thrusters
· frequency converters for electric motors
· the drive control and power-management systems.
Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “This specialist vessel, with its unique operational demands, showcases MAN Diesel & Turbo’s competence as a solution provider and the broader capability we now possess with AKA’s energy-management expertise. Encouragingly for our new partnership, the previous vessel in this series was equipped with an identical propulsion package, but from a different supplier.”
AKA’s CEO, Jason Aspin, said: “We are excited to deliver on this first order together with our new partner, MAN Diesel & Turbo. Our expertise in energy management, and electrical-system integration, combined with MAN’s vast experience in power-train solutions, allows us to deliver a completely integrated power and propulsion system for this vessel, making it a WIN-WIN-WIN between our partnership and this client”.
The partnership with AKA represents part of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategic development programme, "Basecamp 3000+", launched in 2016 when the company announced strategic acquisitions and partnerships to expand its product range with respect to the global trends of decarbonisation and digitisation.
Based on Prince Edward Island, Canada, Aspin Kemp and Associates is the world market-leader in diesel-hybrid-powered vessel-propulsion systems with integrated battery-storage systems and in high-reliability, on-board-power systems in dynamic-positioning applications for the marine and offshore-oil-&-gas sectors. The company is also a leader within the field of energy storage and hybrid-power solutions for a broader range of marine and land-based applications. The company employs some 220 people globally.