Additional Eight Engines to be Built for Saudi Frigates
Military Sealift Command (MSC) has awarded a $17.3 million multi-year service contract to Fairbanks Morse to cover all MSC vessels with Fairbanks Morse engines, the company announced on 1 May. The award is one of the largest services contracts from the US Navy (USN) in the company’s history.
The engine models covered in the agreement include the FM/MAN 48/60, FM/ALCO 251F, FM/Colt-Pielstick PC4.2 and Fairbanks Morse 38D 8-1/8 that are installed on the following classes of vessel: AS (Submarine Tender), T-AKE (Dry Cargo/Ammunition), T-AO (Fleet Replenishment Oiler), T-ESB (Expeditionary Mobile Base), and T-ESD (Expeditionary Transfer Dock). Fairbanks Morse OEM authorised technical field service representatives will provide support services to overhaul, upgrade, and perform preventative maintenance of engine systems including scheduled overhauls at 10,000 – 12,000, 15-20,000, 30-40,000 and 60-80,000 operating hours.
“We are committed to providing the most exceptional service in the industry and appreciate that MSC has entrusted our certified technicians to extend the lifecycle of the most rigorously used engines in the world,” commented the company’s Director of Services and Solutions, Eduardo Echagarruga. “This contract that covers all US-based surface ships with Fairbanks Morse engines will directly benefit American workers as it will create jobs at our domestic service centres.”
Announced at the same time was a contract to deliver eight FM/Colt-Pielstick diesel engines to power four frigates for the Royal Saudi Navy. Based on the USN’s FREEDOM-class Littoral Combat Ship, the frigates will each be powered by two 16-cylinder FM/Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC diesels, which are among the largest medium speed diesel engines manufactured in the US. Manufacture will commence at the company’s facilities in Beloit, WI, in early 2019 and delivery is scheduled for September 2020.
“Fairbanks Morse has proudly built military-grade diesel engines for over seven decades from our manufacturing headquarters in the United States,” commented Director Marine Segment for Fairbanks Morse, Andrew Smith.