Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today signed a collaboration agreement with Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design Company Ltd (Bestway), a leading marine design and research company in China.
John Paterson, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, and Professor Liu Nan, Chairman of the Board and General Manager, Bestway represented the two companies at the signing ceremony.
The collaboration will focus upon development of innovative and environmentally friendly marine designs. Rolls-Royce and Bestway will share expertise through joint working, in order to customise existing vessel designs to better suit the Chinese and European markets respectively. These vessel types include product and chemical tankers, RoRo, RoPax, feeder containers, and multi-purpose vessels.
The two companies also plan to develop new designs to address the growing demand for environmentally friendly, energy efficient ships, including the application of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) power.
John Paterson, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine said: “This collaboration will bring innovative developments in ship design. Rolls-Royce has significant experience in designing and developing marine solutions that meet and exceed expectations in the face of increasingly stringent global environmental standards. We look forward to applying this experience to support the Chinese marine industry in addressing climate change.”
LIU Nan, Chairman of the Board and General Manager, Bestway, said: “This collaboration further deepens the partnership between two strong players in the marine industry. I look forward to introducing new and innovative ship designs that not only meet the needs of shipowners domestically and overseas, but also support our commitment to tackling climate change.”
Rolls-Royce has provided power systems to China for over four decades. In 2005, the company established its 6,000 square metre manufacturing facility in Nanhui industrial zone in Shanghai. The Group is also developing a network of service centres in Dalian, Shanghai and Guangzhou to serve its marine customers across China.
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Rolls-Royce also has a successful turbine component joint venture in Xi’an, and is growing its component and materials purchasing in China.
Established in 2001, Bestway is the one of the largest research and design companies for marine and offshore engineering in China. Since its inception, the company produced research on and designed more than 400 types of ships, and successfully delivered more than 2,000 projects in marine and offshore engineering.