Royal Navy HMS Dauntless Type 45

Project: Royal Navy HMS Dauntless Type 45 Frigate – Project Napier

Location: Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead, Merseyside, UK

Task: Supply of cable for the Power Improvement Project (PIP).

Date: 2020

Tratos Product: Defence Standard 02-526 Cable

Final Client: SeaKing Group


Tratos and SeaKing Group cooperation

Tratos was approached to design, manufacture and supply cable for the MOD Royal Navy HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 Frigate. This cable was required for the Power Improvement Project (PIP).

The project was commissioned by SeaKing Group, located at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside. This followed Tratos receiving certification from the approval body for Defence Standard 02-526 (previously NES526) LFH insulated and sheathed cable product range.

HMS Dauntless Frigate Type 45 - Tratos Military Cables for Defence

HMS Dauntless Frigate Type 45 - Tratos Military Cables for Defence Cammell Laird Shipyard, Liverpool, UK

HMS Dauntless Frigate Type 45 - Tratos Military Cables for Defence Cammell Laird Shipyard, Liverpool, UK

The Power Improvement Project (PIP), a first of class conversion, will enhance the resilience of the Type 45 class by installing additional power generation sources in each ship. Delivered as a major conversion project, the PIP will replace the two existing generators with three larger units capable of delivering the ship’s propulsion.

The PIP project covers the design and integration of the technical solution, supply of equipment and physical installation into all six Type 45 frigates.

The contract forms part of Project Napier which was established in 2014 and builds on the work carried out in the first strand of the project, known as the Equipment Improvement Plan which addresses the reliability of existing equipment.

Tratos supplied Def Stan 02-526 Rubber Insulated Limited Fire Hazard (LFH) sheathed cables, a specialised product for power, lighting, control & communication, and instrumentation circuits in Surface Ships and Submarines (formerly NES 526). These cables present a limited fire hazard with fire performance characteristics, producing limited levels of noxious fumes, smoke and corrosive products when burnt, a fundamental requirement for cables installed in the confined spaces of military vessels.

SeaKing Group

The SeaKing Group offers specialist electrical engineering services to the marine, industrial,
commercial, military and offshore sectors.

Recognised for their expertise in marine electrical work, the SeaKing Group undertakes all types of electrical projects from breakdowns to major refits on all types of vessels, anywhere in the world. Their best in class engineers can design full electrical systems for all kinds of marine vessel.

In addition to supporting all the major shipyards in the United Kingdom, the Seaking group also carries out turnkey projects for the marine, industrial, commercial, military and offshore sectors. Our breadth of experience means that the Seaking group has the ability to undertake all types of project from new build, refit or conversion anywhere in the world.

The Seaking group’s enviable reputation has been built on impeccable industrial relations, an exemplary safety record and first class standards of workmanship.

The commercial division of the SeaKing Group, offers a One stop shop for Electrical design, new build, office development, shop fitting and on call electrical maintenance.

Tratos supports sustainable developments of ports and navy infrastructure

Tratos is very pleased to supply its high-quality cables to the ports around the world. In doing so, Tratos supports the global endeavours of port authorities in upgrading and improving their operational capabilities, which contributes to the sustainable development of ports and navy infrastructure in achieving the 17 UN Global Goals.

Participating in this project, Tratos has supported:

#Envision2030 Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

  • By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

#Envision2030 Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  • Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

#Envision2030 Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

#Envision2030 Goal 14: Life Below Water


  • By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
  • Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

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