South Korean shipbuilding company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has purchased six sets of controllable pitch propeller (CPP) systems from Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime.

Announced by Kongsberg on 7 March, the new propulsion systems will be equipped with the Philippine Navy’s six new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

Each pitch propeller set features two Kongsberg-made Kamewa CPP 86 A/5 D-B systems along with other components, including hydraulic power units, shaft lines, local operating panels and required accessories.

Delivery of the first propeller system will happen in August next year.

Kongsberg Maritime Propulsion and Engine Sales senior vice-president Ottar Ristesund said: “Our propulsion equipment is vital to the performance of these sophisticated new vessels for the Philippine Navy.

“We are proud to secure this important order for Kongsberg Maritime – it showcases our good and strong collaboration with our clients.”

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The 94m-long vessels are being built by HHI as part of the Philippine Department of National Defense’s major plan to upgrade the country’s naval capabilities.

All the six vessels will offer long-range patrol capabilities to the Philippine Navy. The ships will operate at a maximum speed of 22k and cruising speed of 15k, at a range of up to 5,500nm.

According to Kongsberg Maritime Korea senior sales manager Kyung-Hoon Lee, the latest deal is the result of Kongsberg’s existing relationships with HHI Engine & Machinery division (EMD).

Lee said: “Some years back we discussed our CPP business cooperation with HHI-EMD to make a package proposal to HHI-EMD for their own four-stroke engine (HiMSEN Engine) to meet market demands.”

In September last year, Damen Naval selected Kongsberg Maritime to provide four sets of CPP systems for the German Navy’s F-126 frigates.