|Artist's impression of a multi-mission barge. DGA image.|
January 4, 2015 (Google Translation) - The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) notified 16 December 2015 to companies H2X (La Ciotat) and Cegelec Defence and Naval Southeast (Toulon) an order of six multi-mission barges (CMM).
This will be the first buildings with hybrid drive with service batteries in the Navy: their electric propulsion system can indeed be powered either by generators running on diesel ("classic" mode) or by rechargeable batteries docking or at sea ("zero emissions" mode).
The CMM will sail into the harbors or near the coast naval bases. They will carry out various missions: underwater work, transportation equipment, pollution control, divers training. Their job profile will include two distinct phases: a maximum speed transit phase in classic mode, and a low-speed operation phase in "zero emission" mode. This second mode will prevent the gaseous emissions (including greenhouse gases) at low speeds, where combustion engines are least efficient and most polluting. It will also significantly increase comfort sailors, reducing noise during long periods of work, and by removing the exhaust gases.
With a length of 24 m and a width of 8 m to 53 tons displacement, the CMM will have an aluminum composite hull and superstructure in order to limit their weight. They can reach speeds of 10 knots and carry up to 36 seamen and / or divers. Mauric designed by the research department in partnership with the company H2X and Alternative Energies (Alten) for energy-propulsion system, CMM will be built by the H2X shipyard in La Ciotat and maintained in operational condition by Cegelec Defence and Naval South -East.
Receiving the first copy is scheduled for late 2017. Following an operational use of 3 months, the launch of the series will be confirmed, for deliveries in 2019 and 2020. Two units will be assigned to as Toulon Brest, Cherbourg and a sixth to the Pole Saint-Mandrier Mediterranean schools (PEM). The contract includes an option for two additional units operate overseas, the Caribbean and New Caledonia.