GE’s Power Conversion business signed a contract with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) to deliver an energy management and electric propulsion package intended for the new Combat Support Ship (CSS) in use at Royal Netherlands Navy.
One of the customer’s key concerns is underwater radiated noise, meaning strict noise and vibration levels are imposed on the propulsion systems. Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) voltage source inverters feed, high-torque density induction motors, allowing high-performance through the modern and optimized propulsion system.
GE’s scope of supply includes the main switchboards for the ship distribution system, with two shore connection cubicles, the main electric propulsion system with two shaft lines of 7.9 MW each, as well as the associated power management and remote-control systems. The ship’s Energy Management System, which controls power generation and distribution systems, also supplied by GE, will ensure availability of electrical power in the ship network.
The shipbuilding project utilizes an existing vessel design, meaning the 180-m ship with the capacity for 160 crew will be delivered in June 2024. The CSS has capacity for two helicopters and up to 25 containers, and it will be able to support longer maritime operations.