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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 

Brunvoll has received an order for shock-qualified retractable azimuth thrusters to five F-110 frigate newbuilds for the Spanish Navy.

The F110-class is a multifunctional, anti-submarine class of heavy frigates for the Spanish Navy, which will replace six older ships. The new frigates have an advanced design with a high degree of automation. They will have a length of 145m, a width of 18m and a draught of 5m. The displacement will be 6100t and each frigate will have a crew of 150 people. Maximum speed is over 25 knots. 

Sales Director Per Olav Løkseth said: "We have had a long-standing collaboration with the Spanish shipyard group Navantia - ever since the yard installed Brunvoll's shock-qualified retractable azimuth thrusters in the five Norwegian frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen class. Since then, we have had many spin-off effects of our collaboration, with deliveries of thruster systems to a number of naval vessels of Navantia design to both Australia and Turkey. The contract we have now entered into secures deliveries from 2023 to 2028."

Brunvoll says it has long traditions of delivering retractable azimuth units to naval and coastguard vessels. It started with delivery to the Norwegian Coast Guard's Andenes class in the late 70s, followed by tailor-made solutions for the Danish Søværnet’s Thetis class in the 80s. This was followed by a number of deliveries to Navantia over the years, and crowned with a total of nine deliveries to DCNS in France for the FREMM program frigates for the French Navy.

The Brunvoll retractable azimuth concept has also been developed for use in commercial vessels in offshore, fishing, coastal tankers and not least large Shuttle Tankers.

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