Founded about a year ago, NOSKE-KAESER Marine Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of NOSKE-KAESER GmbH, has secured an order to modernise the air-conditioning and cooling systems on eight frigates belonging to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). NOSKE-KAESER will be carrying out a comprehensive overhaul of the air-conditioning, ventilation and cooling systems on the Australian Navy ships and replacing, upgrading and making them more efficient with modern systems. Two ships of identical design belonging to the Royal New Zealand Navy were modernised to the same extent by NOSKE-KAESER back in 2011.
Upgrading the air-conditioning and ventilation systems as well as the engine room ventilation systems on the eight frigates are part of the company’s scope of services. “In future, the ships should be able to operate under severe climatic conditions. Amongst other things, this will be required to support operations in and around Australia as well as wider global operations,” Joachim Bunnies, NOSKE-KAESER Head of Sales, said. In future the engine rooms will also have to be optimally cooled to ensure safe operation of the systems and proper manoeuvrability of the ships, even at an outside temperature of 40 °C and sea temperatures of 36 °C.
Upgrading the air-conditioning system will require greater cooling capacities. The existing chillers will be replaced by new NOSKE-KAESER chillers. “Along with our individually designed, shock and vibration-proof systems we will also be increasing chiller cooling capacity to 1,100kW", Bunnies continued.
The scope of NOSKE-KAESER’s order also includes retrofitting 15 air recirculation cooling units to environmentally-friendly cold water cooling and increasing performance of the food storage refrigeration systems.
“We look forward to continuing our many years of good cooperation with the RAN," Bunnies explained. “What is being sought after are NOSKE-KAESER’s tailor-made, state-of-the-art technologies and the comprehensive know-how of our experts in retrofitting and local content. We will again do everything to live up to the trust placed in us by the RAN.”
NOSKE-KAESER is known worldwide as an expert to turn to for innovative air conditioning/ventilation, CBRN protection, refrigeration and fire protection solutions in use on submarines and surface vessels. Since the 1960s the German Navy has relied almost exclusively on the long-established company’s technologies and its many years of expertise.