Brazilian offshore operator expands its fleet of Rolls-Royce vessels

Friday, 8 May 2009

CBO (Companhia Brasileira de Offshore) has purchased two further Rolls-Royce offshore vessel design and equipment systems in a £13 million order.

This latest contract, for two UT 715L ships, follows a series of similar orders from CBO, including two vessels already in service, three that are to be delivered this year and a further three for delivery in 2010.

Over 650 Rolls-Royce designed UT vessels are either in service or under construction around the world.

“This order marks the continuation of a long cooperation between our two companies and a further expansion of CBO’s fleet of Rolls-Royce UT Design offshore vessels,” said Jørn Heltne, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Ship Technology - Offshore.

“We are very pleased that CBO has again chosen Rolls-Royce. This is a reflection of our ability to supply our customers with fully integrated power, propulsion and motion control systems.”

Rolls-Royce is supplying the main engines and propulsion system as well as the automation and control systems.

The two vessels will also be equipped with Rolls-Royce thrusters, steering gear and rudders, and will feature bulk handling system and deck machinery.

CBO first ordered Rolls-Royce-designed offshore vessels in the 1990s during the renaissance in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry. The two new UT 715L vessels will be delivered in 2011.

Rolls-Royce has been an active partner in the country’s maritime renaissance over the past decade, with a broad portfolio of customers across the offshore, merchant and naval sectors. A new Marine Service Centre is due to open next month, which will provide state-of-the-art repair and overhaul expertise in support of the company’s entire portfolio of marine products to customers throughout the region.

Today over 40 Rolls-Royce designed vessels have been, or are currently under construction at Brazilian shipyards.

  1. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 8,000 people in 34 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
  2. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in marine solutions, providing products, service and expertise to more than 30,000 vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval surface and submarine markets. It designs ships and its product range includes propulsion systems featuring diesel engines and gas turbines, propellers, thrusters and water jets. Rolls-Royce also provides manoeuvring and stabilising systems and deck machinery. Around 30 per cent of Marine turnover is derived from service support activity, with a global network of sales and service offices in 34 countries. Rolls-Royce equipment is in service with more than 70 navies.
  3. The Rolls-Royce Group has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 main customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia, Singapore and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities.
  4. Rolls-Royce has been supplying products and services to customers in Brazil since the 1950s. The main customer in civil aerospace is TAM, which employs Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines in its A340s and V2500 engines in its Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s.The Brazilian Air Force has been using Rolls-Royce engines since 1953 and the Brazilian Navy uses a large fleet of Rolls-Royce gas turbines to power its frigates under a long term service agreement. In the energy sector, Rolls-Royce supplies Petrobas with offshore electrical power generation systems and centrifugal gas compressors for the land-based Gasene pipeline project.
  5. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  6. In 2008, Rolls-Royce invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
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