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At a signing ceremony on 1 June at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Norway, MAN Diesel & Turbo signed a cooperation agreement with MM-Offshore, the major, German supplier of ship’s equipment to the international shipbuilding market.
The impetus for the agreement stems from the marine industry’s constant efforts to enhance ship performance. These have resulted in highly efficient propulsion and manoeuvring systems with both now optimised – individually – essentially to perfection.
Poul Knudsgaard – Vice President and Head of the Aft Ship & Propeller department – MAN Diesel and Turbo, said: “Any further potential for improving overall efficiency can only be realised through a combined optimisation of propeller and rudder systems, using a holistic approach that takes the interaction between these two vital components – as well as the ship’s hull – into consideration.”
He added: “A number of recent projects have already documented how beneficial such a combined optimisation could be for ship designers, operators and owners in achieving low fuel and operating costs, as well as attaining a low EEDI. I welcome this agreement with MM-Offshore and look forward to developing our technology together and making further gains in terms of propulsion efficiency.”
Jan Hamann, President of MM-Offshore, said: “A further refinement of this concept – aided by modern and advanced simulation and calculation tools – requires a coordinated effort right from the initial design phase of the vessel before the ship design is frozen. The focus of this cooperation agreement will be on developing common propulsion and manoeuvring solutions for different ship types using each company’s unique experience and know-how, and I am already looking very much forward to the results.”
The agreement aligns the two companies’ strategies so they can jointly develop and offer solutions to the marine market related to:
Based in Oldenburg, northern Germany, MM-Offshore GmbH is one of the major designers and producers of ship’s equipment in the international shipbuilding market. The company has more than half a century of experience in delivering tailor-made products to ships, including rudders and hydraulic equipment. During the last few years, MM-Offshore has also become one of the world’s leading manufactures of rudder systems, in particular highly efficient rudders.