MAN Energy Solutions Canada (MAN) has received a contract to provide power generation and propulsion systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new Joint Support Ships (JSS).

The contract was awarded by Seaspan Shipyards and is valued at $55m.

The contract will see the company provide two MAN 12V32/44CR propulsion engines featuring environmental protection SCR technology, reduction gears, and propulsion shafts.

MAN will also deliver propellers, ship service diesel generator sets, and an emergency diesel generator set for the JSS.

“MAN is proud to partner with Seaspan Shipyards under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to provide our state of the art power generation and propulsion systems.”

MAN Energy Solutions Canada Marine sales and projects manager Kamen Stoykov said: “MAN is proud to partner with Seaspan Shipyards under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to provide our state of the art power generation and propulsion systems for the RCN’s new JSS.”

Work under the contract will be carried out at MAN’s facilities in Europe.

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A portion of the contract work will also be undertaken in Canada. This will include the integration for these systems, training, testing, and support during the harbour acceptance trials and the sea acceptance trials.

Canadian Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough said: “The National Shipbuilding Strategy is helping to rebuild a strong, sustainable marine sector in Canada. This contract is part of our government’s plan to provide more meaningful business opportunities to companies across the country to help the sector grow and thrive.”

In June last year, Seaspan marked the start of construction of Canada’s JSS with a steel cutting ceremony at Vancouver Shipyards.

Seaspan expects the JSS work will sustain an estimated 1,000 jobs and around 300 office staff at the shipyard.

The JSS will span more than 173m in length and nearly 20,000t of design displacement capacity.

It will be deployed by the RCN to support defence and humanitarian missions both at home and abroad.

The vessels will be able to deliver fuel and other vital supplies to vessels at sea. Other functions include offering medical and dental facilities, and providing support for helicopter operations and equipment repair.