Rolls-Royce wins order to supply Bergen diesel engines to the Royal Netherlands Navy

Friday, 5 February 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has today announced an order to supply Bergen diesel engines for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Joint Support Ship (JSS).

The contract for the engineering, building and delivery of the vessel was signed late last year, by the Royal Netherlands Navy and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, Netherlands.

The vessel will be equipped with four Bergen B32:40V12A generator sets and one B32:40L6A, which will provide diesel electrical power and propulsion. Construction of the 205-metre ship will largely take place at Damen shipyard at Galati, Romania under the supervision of DSNS. Engineering, commissioning and testing will then take place in Vlissingen, and the ship is due to be delivered to the Royal Netherlands Navy in July 2014.

Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce, Sales Director, Naval, said: “This important order demonstrates the relevance of the Rolls-Royce Bergen engines for the Naval sector. This continues the strong relationship Rolls-Royce has with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and the Royal Netherlands Navy and we are very pleased that our innovative technology has again been selected.”

The robust multi-function ship is specifically designed for maritime support, strategic sealift and sea basing missions in both open-ocean, and littoral waters. At its disposal are capabilities for replenishment at sea, storage of supplies, transport of materiel and personnel, and for extensive medical, technical and logistical support.

The Bergen range of diesels are suitable for a variety of propulsion system configurations, as prime mover or auxiliary generator sets in naval vessels, where reliability, fuel efficiency, through life cost, and environmental constraints, are significant factors.

The modern engine designs are compliant to stringent IMO Tier II emission requirements without the application of common rail modifications, using diesel or gas fuel. There are over 4,000 Bergen engines operating today with a proven track record in the Offshore, Merchant and Naval sector.

Rolls-Royce is a leading supplier of marine systems and has previously supplied gas turbines and gas turbine support, propellers and stabilisation equipment to the Royal Netherlands Navy. The company supplies 70 navies with products ranging from gas turbines and diesel engines, to propulsion, motion control and electrical systems, and has a growing network of marine service facilities.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a global business providing and supplying integrated power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air. The company has established strong positions in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. 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 more than 38,000 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.
  3. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product and service portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  4. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested £885 million on research and development, two-thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Marine division of Rolls-Royce offers innovative support solutions and can provide guaranteed availability of Bergen engines, as demonstrated by the innovative engine availability arrangement for the Bergen engines operating on the air training ship RFA Argus in the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
  8. Rolls-Royce also supports the Royal Navy’s fleet of Olympus and Tyne Marine Gas Turbines through a Total Care Package and support the reactor plants that power the Royal Navy's submarines.

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