First Steel Cutting of German Navy F125 Class Frigate

Guests and representatives from politics, defense and industry gathered at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for the steel cutting ceremony marking the commencement of production of the new F125 Baden Württemberg Class Frigate for the German Navy. Keel-laying will take place in November 2011 and delivery of the first vessel is planned for 2016. The order for four vessels was placed in 2007 by the Federal (German) Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), with ARGE 125, an industrial consortium formed by Blohm and Voss Nordseewerke (BVN) and Friedrich Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. The propulsion system provides for the combination of a GE LM2500 gas turbine of 20,000 kW, with two 4,500 kW electric motors in a CODELAG (combined diesel-electric and gas turbine) configuration using Renk gears with a cross-connect gear. Slow and cruising speeds are achieved using the electric motors, for full speed, additional power is supplied by the gas turbine. [More]

First LNG fast ro-pax ferry ordered

By Keith Henderson at November 25, 2010 10:26
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The Australian shipyard and builders of high speed catamaran vessels Incat, has announce they are to build the world’s first high speed passenger Ro-Ro ferry to be powered by gas turbines running on LNG. The wave piercing catamaran hull is designed by Incat and Revolution Design and will have a length of 99 m and carry over 1,000 passengers and 153 automobiles. The vessel is to be propelled by twin GE LM2500 gas turbines with dual fuel capability, driving Wärtsilä LJX 1720 waterjets with one turbine and jet per hull. The main fuel will be Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) with marine distillate as an alternative: [More]

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