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Datum: 05/12/2018

Polityka Insight: The French withdraw support for the Orka programme. Paris blocks the sale of cruise missiles.

Marek Świerczyński, editor of Polityka magazine and security expert in an article in Polityka Insight (on 3 December) shares the sensational information that the French government agency DGA (Direction générale de l’Armament) has supsended support for the Naval Group shipyard in regard to selling Poland MdCN missiles. These missiles were meant to be the deterrent weapon carried by the Scorpenes, which the French have thus far been offering to Poland in the Orka program.

“Since the sale of missiles is not possible without government support, and they were accompanied by proposals for the joint construction of Scorpène submarines, it should be recognized that the French offer in the Orka programme has collapsed,” reads the Polityka Insight article. According to Świerczyński, this decision is an expression of “the deterioration of Paris-Warsaw political relations and the loss of confidence on the part of the French after the cancellation of the orders for multi-task helicopters, the sidelining of France from the missile armaments segment and the prolonged lack of decisions regarding submarines”.

The French Naval Group was the only bidder capable of delivering submarines along with cruise missiles. It is not surprising, therefore, that the requirement to equip Orka with such missiles was the core of the French offer for Poland. In the media, the French argued that the purchase of Scorpène with MdCN missiles would give Poland access to the  weapons with strategic deterrence potential. They also tempted Poland with the vision of joining the an elite club of cruise missile users,  alongside such powers  as the United States, Great Britain and France.

 Even in July 2018, the CEO of Naval Group, in an interview with daily Rzeczpospolita, said: “First of all, the offer assumes the supply of new-generation Scorpene submarines, armed with cruise missiles with a range of one thousand kilometers. No one else can offer this. This is an exclusive proposal, with full support from the French government. ” This could have had an impact on the imagination of Polish decision makers, but at the same time lulled them into overlooking such sensitive issues as the known tactical and technical weaknesses of the Scorpenes, or the lack of reliable data on the range and actual operational capabilities of the MdCN rocket, which has never been fired before from a submarine. Therefore, Poland might have become a training ground for the new French weapons, but this latest decision from Paris has saved the Polish taxpayer from bearing the consequences of the possible imperfections of the weapon on offer.

This sensational information from Świerczyński coincided with another event that could support his thesis about the deterioration of relations in the relations between Warsaw and Paris

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Future submarines could arrive late and cost more, confidential negotiations reveal

The first of Australia’s new submarines could arrive late and cost substantially more than expected as Defence attempts to finalise the terms of the $50 billion project.

Senior sources confirmed the “unprecedented” offer to allow an extra two years and 25 per cent cost increase was initially rejected by the French owned shipbuilder, Naval Group.

It instead wanted a three-year schedule delay and for an allowance of a 30 per cent increase in delivery costs, but the company later backed down.
The ABC can also reveal that negotiations between Defence officials and Naval Group became so tense that a former senior bureaucrat was hired in a bid to help resolve protracted disagreements.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Naval Group, then known as DCNS, had been selected for the lucrative project in 2016.

The French bid was successful in a competitive evaluation process (CEP), beating rival offers from Germany’s TKMS and the Japanese Government.

Unlike a regular military tender process, the CEP did not involve detailed commercial contracts being submitted to the Defence Department.

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RH Marine optimaliseert operationele kosten energiecentrale schepen

Succeeded in incorporating battery lifetime prediction for vessels into its fuel saving Energy Management System (EMS). This makes expensive batteries last longer and reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of ships, while keeping the reduced fuel consumption intact.

For her research paper on ‘New developments in Energy Management’, product manager hybrid portfolio Despoina Mitropoulou of RH Marine together with Louis Elling from the Netherlands Defence Academy won the third prize at the Sir Donald Gosling Award. This annual prize for young engineers was awarded during the 14th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC) in Glasgow. Over a hundred technical papers were presented there.

Because of an increasing demand for greenhouse gas reduction, more and more vessels are looking into using various energy sources. Besides diesel propulsion, extra energy sources like batteries, micro turbines, fuel cells and variable speed generators are considered. In such systems, energy management becomes crucial.

RH Marine developed its own award-winning Rhodium Energy Management System (EMS), using a self-learning artificial intelligence algorithm that automatically distributes the power demand over the available diesel generators and batteries in the most optimal way. Analysed measured data shows that on seagoing ferries, the EMS saves fuel up to 12 percent, and 11 percent on superyachts. Putting battery shore charging in the mix even reduces fuel consumption on ferries with 38 percent.

To optimise the total performance of a ship, RH Marine wants to further develop its EMS. For instance, by incorporating battery lifetime prediction, power consumption forecasting, generator wear and tear and maintenance requirements of equipment. The first step was to incorporate battery lifetime prediction and power consumption forecast.

Using a simulation for the unpredictable load profile of a hybrid super yacht, Mitropoulou and Elling demonstrated that battery lifetime can be extended by carefully observing lifetime determining quantities, like state of charge (SOC) and the magnitude of charging and discharging currents, thus optimising the TCO.

Additionally, their simulation model for a ferry with a forecasted load demonstrated that power consumption forecast can improve the desired operation.

In their simulation, they adapted the optimization algorithm, making it also consider the battery lifetime as an important goal, besides focussing on saving fuel. This method resulted in the battery achieving its requested lifetime, while preserving fuel savings.

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