Bird-Johnson Awarded ANAZC C-P Propeller, Shafting Supply Contract

Bird-Johnson Company, Walpole, Mass., has been awarded the contract to supply the twin-screw controllable- pitch (C-P) propeller systems and shafting to Australian Marine Engineering Consolidated Limited (AMECON), Williamstown, Australia, for the ANZAC Ship Project.

The project consists of 10 frigates with an option for two additional ships. Eight frigates are scheduled for delivery to the Royal Australian Navy and two for delivery to the Royal New Zealand Navy. The project is one of the decade's most important naval surface combatant shipbuilding programs.

Each C-P propeller system will be five-bladed in design with air emission silencing features, 13.78 feet in diameter, rated at 14,600 hp (10,890 kw) at 180 rpm at a ship speed of approximately 27 knots. In addition to the C-P propellers and the shafting, the scope of supply also includes bearings, seals and couplings for each shipset. Equipment for the first shipset is scheduled to begin delivery in 1992. Delivery for the 10th shipset will be completed in 2003.

The contract stipulates extensive direct involvement with Australian and New Zealand industries and Bird-Johnson will provide the associated technology transfers and training necessary to meet these incountry manufacturing requirements.

Additionally, the contract includes a broad offset commitment for ANAZC Ship Project related and non-project related and non-project related offsets during the course of the contract.

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