Imtech N.V., technical service provider in Europe, has won orders worth
$21 million to develop and build new technology for diesel-electric propulsion. The Imtech Marine & Offshore Division obtained
Schelde Marinebouw (Koninklijke Schelde) has awarded Imtech a contract to deliver diesel-electric propulsion including electrically
powered propellers (Podded Propulsors or PODs, a podded driven propulsion system that will be delivered by the German company
Schottel) for the LPD-2 Landing Platform Dock, a new amphibious
transport ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy.
The electrically powered propellers provide propulsion and simultaneously serve as a
rudder. The system greatly increases ship maneuverability and reduces
fuel consumption compared with conventional screw propulsion.
Moreover, the more efficient design of the ship makes it less
expensive to build. The LPD-2 Landing Platform Dock of the Royal
Netherlands Navy will
be the first military transport ship equipped
with this high-quality technology. This order is additional to the
recently announced 36 million Euro contract to provide the complete
technical infrastructure of this ship.
Imtech has also received an order from Damen Shipyards (Koninklijke
Schelde) to supply diesel-electric propulsion for a light tender for
Menas of Bahrain. This multidisciplinary ship will be used for
security and inspection tasks. In the United Kingdom Imtech has also
been awarded a contract by the Qingshan Shipyard of Wuhan in China to
provide diesel-electric propulsion for four oil transport ships
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