Rolls-Royce announces waterjet services agreement with Abu Dhabi ship building

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Rolls-Royce, a global leader in marine propulsion, has strengthened its relationship with leading Middle East shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) though a new agreement which will further improve customer service for Kamewa waterjets in the Arabian Gulf region.

Rolls-Royce, has strengthened its relationship with leading Middle East shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) though a new agreement

The agreement, signed in Abu Dhabi on 20 August, is the third services-related venture to be announced this year involving Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the investment arm of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which holds a 40 per cent stake in ADSB.

ADSB is the only naval shipyard in the Middle East, providing both build and support contracts for all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) naval vessels. Rolls-Royce will work with ADSB to offer services such as training, maintenance repairs and overhauls, spare parts and service contracts for waterjet customers.

Rolls-Royce has already provided Kamewa FF550 waterjets for 12 Amphibious Transport Boats (ATBs) and four Fast Supply Vessels built by ADSB for the UAE Navy and UAE Coast Guard. Kamewa waterjets also help power the six 72m Baynunah Class corvettes that ADSB is building for the UAE Navy.

Esa Uotinen, General Manager for the Rolls-Royce marine business in the Middle East, said: “The Waterjet Service Centre will focus on the Arabian Gulf region to offer naval customers a proactive service that will add value to their operations, by bringing together the manufacturers of the vessels and the waterjets that power them.”

Esa and Jay Dagher, Rolls-Royce Regional Manager – Naval, together with ADSB CEO William S. Saltzer and Vice-President Marketing William D. Stewart, form an advisory board to oversee the partnership and service centre.

William Saltzer, ADSB CEO, said ”This new waterjet service agreement with Rolls-Royce will enable ADSB to offer its customers in the Arabian Gulf an enhanced level of service and long term regional support that will complement the refits, upgrades and repairs we perform and the new vessels we provide.”

In addition to its relationship with Rolls-Royce through waterjets, ADSB also operates a Syncroliftâ shiplift provided by Rolls-Royce. The shiplift is capable of handling vessels 85m long, 20m beam and weighing up to 2000 tonnes. A travelift caters for smaller vessels up to 500 tonnes.

About Rolls-Royce and Mubadala

1.Rolls-Royce and Mubadala have announced two other services agreements in 2008. In April, Al Taif Technical Services and Rolls-Royce Distributed Generation Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which Al Taif will provide service support in the UAE, GCC and regional South West Asia network.

2. A new joint venture company to serve the rapidly-expanding Middle East aviation services market was announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July. Rolls-Royce and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), which is the 12th largest maintenance, repair and overhaul company in the world, will offer On-Wing Care to airlines in the region. Al Taif and ADAT are both wholly-owned by Mubadala.

3. About Rolls-Royce

1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. It has a growing presence in the Middle East, where it is playing an important role in the development of the region across all the Group’s sectors.

2. The Marine business provides products, service and expertise to more than 20,000 commercial and naval vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval and submarine markets. It employs over 7,000 people in 34 countries and about 40 per cent of marine turnover comes from aftermarket service support, with a global customer support network of sales and service centres in 33 countries.

3. The Group’s involvement with Mubadala began in 2005 with a Memorandum of Understanding to explore a number of mutually beneficial opportunities across the Middle East but the relationship between Rolls-Royce and Abu Dhabi began more than 30 years ago with Avon gas turbines which have been used by Abu Dhabi to pump its oil since 1973. In addition, Rolls-Royce aero gas turbines have been maintained in ADAT facilities for more than 20 years.

4. In the energy sector, the Dolphin gas-pipeline project, in which Mubadala has a 5 per cent share, launched the Industrial Trent gas turbine. These engines, derived from our Trent aero-engine family, pump 2 billion cu. ft of gas per day through 370 kilometres of pipeline from Qatar to the UAE. 

5. Rolls-Royce has 400 industrial gas turbines and more than 1,000 military engines in operation in the region. It is present in all the defence market sectors, including the Adour powering Hawk trainers and the T56 on C-130 transport aircraft, as well as numerous helicopter engines. 
6. Rolls-Royce is also participating in the Masdar vision to position Abu Dhabi as a world-class research and development hub for new energy technologies. It is being managed by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), a government-owned organisation wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company.

7. The Arabian Gulf comprises the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

About ADSB

1. Abu Dhabi Ship Building, a UAE Public Joint Stock Company, was established in 1996 and operates the most modern naval shipyard in the Arabian Gulf. ADSB is the only shipyard in the region with the capability to build, refit, repair and upgrade complex naval warships.

2. The company is successfully providing products and related services to Navies, Coast Guards, and other military, para-military and commercial vessel operators throughout the GCC region.

3. ADSB is listed in the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and its current shareholding is 40 per cent by Mubadala, 10 per cent by the Abu Dhabi Government and 50 per cent by several thousand individual shareholders.

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