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At the SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Damen Naval announced that they had awarded MAN Energy Solutions a contract for eight MAN 32/44CR propulsion engines for Germany’s F126 frigate programme. The engines will form part of a Combined Diesel-Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system, providing the vessels with a top speed of over 26 knots. The first engines are due to be delivered to the shipyard in early 2024, and the first frigate is due to be delivered to the German Navy in 2028.

Damen stated that each vessel will be equipped with 2 × MAN 32/44CR engines, with each engine featuring proprietary MAN Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems to comply with IMO Tier III regulations. Furthermore, the engines will be equipped with a high-displacement, soft-resilient mounting system to comply with shock and noise regulations. MAN Energy Solutions will also supply their engine control systemsoftware, which is protected against cyber attacks.