Detroit, MI (PRWEB) May 14, 2009
MTU Detroit Diesel, one of the leading solution providers of marine power and propulsion systems, has recently been named as the propulsion system single source integrator for the U.S. Coast Guard's new Sentinal Class Cutter. MTU will contract directly with Bollinger Shipyards, who was named Prime Contractor for this project in September 2008. MTU's first ship set delivery is slated for the beginning of 2010.
This award further solidifies MTU's position as the engine and propulsion system supplier of choice for the U.S. Coast Guard. MTU's scope of supply includes two 20V 4000 M93L main propulsion engines rated at 4,300 kW, along with reduction gears and MTU's Callosum integrated ship automation system, which continuously monitors and controls all areas and functions of the ship's technology and ensures the reliability of the on-board systems.
The published acquisition timeline calls for up to six ship sets (12 engines) ordered per year beginning in 2010. At the peak of production, Bollinger will be delivering a new cutter every eight weeks.
"This project is a significant one for MTU in that we are the complete propulsion systems integrator," stated Tom Lewis, Senior Marine Defense Manager for MTU Detroit Diesel. "It speaks to the trust that Bollinger and the U.S. Coast Guard have put not only in our engines but in our complete systems capabilities."
MTU has already been the engine of choice for high profile projects with both Bollinger and the U.S. Coast Guard. MTU engines were used in the Coast Guard's Coastal Patrol Boats that were built by Bollinger and again in the Coast Guard's new flagship vessels, the National Security Cutters, built by Northrup Grumman.
The 153-foot Sentinel Class Cutter will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and will be built at Bollinger's Shipyards in Lockport, LA. It is based on the parent craft concept using a modern hull form, the Damen 4708, which has conducted operations similar to those the Sentinel Class Cutter will perform. The use of this proven design will ensure that the Coast Guard receives new patrol boats capable of performing the required missions as soon as possible.
The Sentinel Class Cutter will be able to deploy independently to conduct the service's missions such as ports, waterways and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue and national defense operations.
The first Sentinel Class Cutter will be delivered to Coast Guard District 7, based in Miami, FL, in January 2011. It will complete a comprehensive operational test and evaluation period and then enter operational service in the Caribbean area of responsibility.
MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. is the North American regional headquarters of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world's most important providers of diesel engines and drive and propulsion systems for ships, heavy-duty land and rail vehicles, and distributed energy. It offers a complete line of power solutions from 30 to 12,200 bhp (20 to 9,100 kW) for applications in the marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense markets. MTU Detroit Diesel is part of the MTU Engines division of Tognum AG. http://www.mtu online.com
With its two business units, "Engines" and "Onsite Energy & Components", the Tognum Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems. These products are based on diesel engines with up to 9,100 kilowatts (kW) power output, gas engines up to 2,150 kW, fuel cells up to 360 kW and gas turbines up to 50,000 kW.
The product portfolio of the "Engines" business unit comprises MTU engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy land, rail and defense vehicles, and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio of the "Onsite Energy & Components" business unit includes distributed energy systems of the brand MTU Onsite Energy, fuel-injection systems from L'Orange, and drive shafts from Rotorion. The energy systems comprise diesel engines for emergency power generation, basic and peak load, and cogeneration power plants based on gas engines, fuel cells and gas turbines that generate both electricity and heat.
In 2008, Tognum generated revenue of more than €3.1 billion and employs more than 8,900 people. Tognum has a global distribution and service structure with 26 fully consolidated subsidiaries, more than 140 sales partners and over 500 authorized dealerships at approximately 1,200 locations. The shares of Tognum AG (ISIN: DE000A0N4P43) have been stock-exchange listed since 2007 and are included in the MDAX.