MAN D&T and AKA to provide diesel-electric propulsion package for federal vessel

MAN 21/31 engine.
The MAN 21/31 engine. ©MAN D&T

Partners Win Special Russian Order

MAN Diesel & Turbo and AKA, Aspin Kemp and Associates, announced that they have received an order in connection with the building of a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency.
Based on Prince Edward Island, Canada, AKA, is a systems integrator focusing on innovation, reliability, safety, and energy efficiency in marine, island and micro grid power systems.  AKA designs, manufactures, installs, and supports innovative power generation, power to process and energy management solutions for marine, offshore oil and gas, and land based industries to the global market.

Delivery is scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg and marks the first successful collaboration between the two partners since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought a 40% share in AKA – the electric-and-hybrid-systems company – in June 2017. The order comprises 4 × MAN 7L21/31 GenSets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order covering:

  • complete 690V main switchboard
  • 690V-to-400V transformers
  • electric motors for main props and thrusters
  • frequency converters for electric motors
  • the drive control and power-management systems.

Wayne Jones, MAN’s D&T Chief Sales Officer, said: “This special vessel, with its unique operational demands, showcases our competence as a solution provider and the broader capability we now possess with AKA’s energy-management expertise. Encouragingly for our new partnership, the previous vessel in this series was equipped with an identical propulsion package, but from a different supplier.”

AKA’s CEO, Jason Aspin, said: “We are excited to deliver on this first order together with our new partner, MAN Diesel & Turbo. Our expertise in energy management, and electrical-system integration, combined with MAN’s vast experience in power-train solutions, allows us to deliver a completely integrated power and propulsion system for this vessel, making it a WIN-WIN-WIN between our partnership and this client”.

Basecamp 3000+

The partnership with AKA represents part of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategic development programme, “Basecamp 3000+”, launched in 2016 when the company announced strategic acquisitions and partnerships to expand its product range with respect to the global trends of decarbonisation and digitisation.

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