The Socarenam shipyard, manufacturer of the new generation of patrol boats of the French Gendarmerie VCSM “vedettes côtières de surveillance maritime”, has chosen the MAN V12 D2862 (1,900 hp) engines, represented and sold by Nanni.
There are three new VCSM units, with an option for a fourth, ordered by the French Defence Ministry procurement agency, Direction Générale pour l’Armement (DGA), at the Socarenam shipyard, with a design by the naval architect Archi-Delion.
This new generation, larger and more powerful than the current one, will be powered by two 1,900 hp D2862 V12 engines, including ZF gearboxes, and electronic control equipment.
These ships will complete the current generation of VCSM, type RPB 20, already powered by Nanni/MAN: in the last 17 years, Nanni has powered a total of 60 RPB 20 (24 for France and 36 for export) with the MAN V12 D2842 engine, an earlier version of the D2862 engine.
The new VCSM units are multi-purpose (police at sea, maritime defence, fight against trafficking and illegal fishing, rescue at sea and anti-pollution operations) some of them will also be assigned to secure the Kourou space centre in Guyana during launches.
Known for the robustness, power and reliability of their engines, Nanni and Man are proud to continue this long-standing partnership with VCSM, now offering a complete package propulsion solution.
(Nanni selected for the motorization of the new French patrol boats – Barchemagazine.com – June 2020)