Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has won a £50 million contract to design and equip two advanced offshore ships.
The ultra-deepwater anchor-handling vessels will be designed for Lewek Shipping, a subsidiary of Singapore company Ezra Holdings. The ships, which also mark the first Rolls-Royce contract from Ezra Holdings, will be built by Singapore-based Pan-United Marine and delivered in 2009.
Rolls-Royce will also deliver control and propulsion systems, as well as dynamic positioning, deck machinery and winch equipment.
The vessels are designed to meet Lloyd’s Register EP (Environmental Protection) standards, covering engine emissions and discharges to sea and air. To cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions Rolls-Royce has developed a specialised hybrid propulsion system.
The ships, designated UT 788CD, will also perform towing, supply and standby duties.
Rolls-Royce UT-Design ships have been highly successful in the commercial shipbuilding market, with more than 550 vessels built or on order. Around 60 UT-Design vessels have been built are or under construction in Asian shipyards.
Supply and anchor-handling vessels are still the most common ships to be ordered in the UT-Design series, but special variants have been developed for surveillance, coastguard duties, cable laying, seismology, oil-well intervention, operations on the sea floor, and for use in Arctic waters.