Rolls-Royce secures new equipment orders for tugs in China

Monday, 17 October 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today announced orders worth around £18 million for the supply of Azimuth thrusters to power 18 new tugs being built in China.

Qingdao and Yingkou Ports will take delivery of 12 new tugs, four of which will be the most powerful operating in China. Tangshan and Tangshan Cao Feidian Ports, located in the He Bei province of Northern China, have also placed orders for a total of six tugs.

The 18 vessels will all be equipped with two Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters. The thrusters comprise an electric motor and a propeller which, as a combined unit can be rotated horizontally in any direction to manoeuvre the vessel without the need for a rudder.

John Zhang, Rolls-Royce, Manager – Merchant, Greater China, said: “The multiple orders received demonstrate how our cutting edge marine technology is applied to meet our customers’ evolving requirements. These exceptionally powerful and highly manoeuvrable thrusters are critical to supporting the continued growth of the Chinese tug market, and the important role tugs play in facilitating trade.”

Such highly powered tugs are new to Chinese ports and are a growing necessity to manoeuvre the largest ships now in operation around the globe. In recent years, vessels coming to port in China have increased in size and capacity, with Qingdao Port and Yingkou Port being amongst the earliest to respond to this demand.  

About Rolls-Royce plc

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3.  Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries.  Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.

About Rolls-Royce in China

  1. Rolls-Royce has been building a strong presence in the civil aerospace, marine and energy markets in China for more than 50 years. 
  2. The Rolls-Royce marine business has experienced strong growth in China since the 1970s. In 2005, Rolls-Royce established a 6,000 square meter manufacturing facility in Nanhui industrial zone in Shanghai. The facility employs a 200-strong workforce, including a growing team of service engineers. Shanghai is also home to the North East Asia headquarters for the Rolls-Royce marine business.
  3. Rolls-Royce also has a successful turbine component joint venture in Xi’an, and is growing its component and materials purchasing in China.
  4. Rolls-Royce is a leading provider of Azimuth thrusters worldwide, with over 300 tugs equipped with Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters currently in operation in China.
  5. Rolls-Royce has established service locations in Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taiwan, in support of the group’s widely used products along the Chinese coast.
  6. All twelve tugs ordered by Qingdao port and Yingkou port will be built at the Zhenjiang shipyard in Jiangsu province. The four most powerful tugs will have 6,000kW of installed power. They will each be equipped with a pair of Rolls-Royce US305 Azimuth thrusters with fixed pitch propellers measuring three metres in diameter. The other eight tugs will be equipped with the smaller Rolls-Royce US205 Azimuth thrusters with a propeller diameter of 2.4 metres and have an installed power of 3,500kW.

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