Rolls-Royce, world leader in commercial and naval marine markets, will exhibit its successful coastal protection vessel design at the Pacific 2008 exhibition in Sydney, Australia, where Border Protection Command, a partnership between Customs and Defence, was established three years ago.
The design is winning orders worldwide from navies, coastguards and public agencies who are increasingly concerned about their ability to monitor, patrol and protect their waters and also carry out pollution control, salvage and fire-fighting tasks.
Rolls-Royce, drawing on a commercial ship design heritage which has seen over 750 of its vessels built over the last 30 years, has designed ships that are now in service or being built for coastal duties in India, Spain, France, Iceland, Greenland, Norway and the UK. All the ships feature a full range of Rolls-Royce propulsion and motion control equipment.
The UT527 design on display at Pacific 2008, is designed to rescue large numbers of survivors and remain at sea for long periods.
The ship can hold up to 320 people and can remain at sea for three years, changing crew and being replenished while on duty. Its key duties are fire-fighting, emergency towing and pollution control. A medium-sized helicopter and two smaller daughter craft offer greater capability on specific missions.
The 92-metre long ship, powered by Rolls-Royce Bergen diesel engines, would be capable of over 20 knots and has an unrefuelled range of 20,000 nautical miles at 16 knots.
David Bricknell, Rolls-Royce Systems and Product Strategy Director - Naval, said: “We have established a strong position in the coastal protection field, successfully transferring our proven commercial UT-Design technology experience to this sector.
“The UT527's power and propulsion system is designed to be low maintenance to support its extensive operational period.”
Rolls-Royce has identified four naval markets for its ship designs - Coastal Protection (Exclusive Economic Zone) vessels, Underway Replenishment ships, Survey and Research vessels and Fast Logistics vessels.