Vigor Shipyards has chosen Marine Jet Power (MJP) to provide waterjet propulsion for the US Army’s Manuever Support Vessel (Light) – or MSV(L) – project.
The US Army contracted Vigor in late 2017 to design the MSV(L) class of vessels, which will replace the pre-Vietnam era Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8) design that entered service in 1959.
Each MSV(L) will be equipped with triple drive MJP 750 DRB waterjets. The first of 45 shipsets to be provided over the next 10 years will be delivered in the first half of 2019.
Well-suited for shallow-draft manoeuvring, the 750 DRB waterjet is made of duplex stainless steel and incorporates MJP’s proprietary mixed-flow technology. The propulsion package selected by Vigor includes an inboard hydraulic system and an integrated electronic control system.
Earlier in the year, MJP launched a new range of waterjets, the X Series, at the SeaWork International workboat exhibition in Southampton, UK.
Designed for high-speed applications, the X Series reduces power demand by up to 20% and can reduce weight by up to 10% compared to axial flow jets.
The range is designed for easy installation and maintenance, featuring a one-piece skidded installation and easy-to-access inspection hatches. Optimised for integration with MJP’s JetMaster 3 electronics system, the X Series is also designed for hydromechanical controls, following feedback from customers requesting a choice of control setup.
MJP’s chief executive officer Magnus Sörenson said: “This product is easy to install and even easier to maintain in the field, saving time and money over the total lifecycle of the product.”