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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 

MAN Energy Solutions is to supply a total of 16 medium-speed engines to Chantiers de l’Atlantique, in connection with a contract for four refuelling tankers for the French Navy.

The order for four logistics support ships (LSS), to be delivered between 2022 and 2023, was awarded to a temporary consortium formed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Naval Group.

Each vessel will feature a diesel-electric propulsion system with two shaft lines and propellers. MAN’s scope of supply covers two 7,200kW MAN 12V32/44CR and two 4800kW MAN 8L32/44CR engines, all resiliently mounted on baseframes.

MAN Energy Solutions Chief Sales Officer Wayne Jones said: “This is a real stamp of approval for our Company as this is a sizable contract with what is probably one of the most active navies in Europe. It is also very pleasing to work once again with Chantiers de l’Atlantique, one of Europe’s major shipyards. We thank both organisations for placing their trust in us and look forward to our continued fruitful relationship.”

The order is part of a Franco-Italian LSS Programme led by OCCAR, the International Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation, on behalf of DGA, the French Armament General Directorate, and its Italian counterpart, NAVARM.

The tankers each have a fuel capacity of 13,000 m3, with a mission to provide logistical support to French and allied navies’ combat vessels. They will carry fuel for vessels, jet fuel for aircraft, weapons and ammunition, spare parts, as well as food. The tankers have been designed to support the aviation group attached to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

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