H2X and Cegelec Naval Defence and SouthEast have received a contract from the French Direction Générale d’Armement (DGA) to supply six chalands multi-mission (CMM) barges for the French Navy.

At the harbours or coast naval bases, CMM will be used in various missions, including underwater work, transportation equipment, pollution control and drivers training.

The new ships, with hybrid drive, feature an electric propulsion system, which allows operations either by generators running on diesel (classic mode), or by rechargeable batteries docking or at sea (zero emissions).

"The new ships, with hybrid drive, feature an electric propulsion system."

The CMM will have a maximum speed transit phase in classic mode, and a low-speed operation phase in zero emission mode.

With a length of 24m and width of 8m to 53t displacement, the CMM will feature a aluminium composite hull and superstructure that will limit their weight.

The ships, which can carry up to 36 naval personnel at speeds of 10k, will be constructed at the H2X shipyard in La Ciotat. Cegelec will be involved in the maintenance of the new ships.

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The deliveries are expected to be completed between 2019 and 2020.

The deal will also provide an option to operate two additional units overseas, including the Caribbean and New Caledonia.