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Siemens Equips multi-functional Supply Ships for Australia’s Navy with Propulsion and Power Supply Systems


Erlangen, Siemens Marine Solutions has been commissioned by the Spanish shipyard Navantia S.A. to equip two new multi-functional supply ships with pod propulsion units and power supply equipment. The final customer is the Australian navy which intends to use the two ships to improve the range of its amphibian deployment capabilities. To this end, the ships (LHDs - Landing Helicopter Docks) will be equipped with up to twelve helicopters. Both ships will be built in Ferrol in the north-west of Spain and the final equipment will be installed at the Tenix shipyard in Australia. The order is worth some 52 million euros.

Siemens is responsible for all the electrical propulsion and power supply equipment for the two ships. The main propulsion systems consist of two pod propulsion units per ship, each with an output of 11 MW, the associated converters and electronic control units, the medium-voltage switchgear and the generators for producing electricity. The propulsion pods, which are located outside the ship’s hull and can be turned, make the ship extremely maneuverable and are characterized by high efficiency as well as low noise and vibration levels. The fact that the pods are fitted outside the ship’s hull also increases the ship’s transport capacity and allows a more flexible design of the engine room and stern.

“Both ships for the Australian navy are replicas of an LHD that Navantia is currently building for the Spanish navy”, said Heinz Waschin, who is responsible for navy business at Siemens Marine Solutions. This ship was launched in Ferrol, the north Galician shipyard location, in spring 2008 in the presence of the King of Spain. In addition to the system engineering and project management, the order includes commissioning of the equipment supplied. “The solutions meet the high requirements for surface navy vessels in terms of reliability, availability and stability”, emphasized Waschin. “Our standardized solutions in the Sinavy product family are matched up in such a way that they can be integrated without any difficulties or interface problems.” After the ships have been delivered, maintenance, service and repairs over the entire service life of the ships can be supported by the global life-cycle management service of Siemens Marine Solutions. Delivery of the ships is scheduled for 2014 and 2015.

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world’s leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted in fiscal year 2008 a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totaling EUR38 billion.

With the business activities of Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, (Linz, Austria), Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa., U.S.A.), and Industry Technologies, (Erlangen, Germany), the Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world’s leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities. Using its own products, systems and process technologies, Industry Solutions develops and builds plants for end customers, commissions them and provides support during their entire life cycle. With around 31,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Solutions achieved an order intake of EUR 8.4 billon in fiscal year 2008 (preliminary and unaudited).

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