Rolls-Royce wins contracts for ship lifts from the Middle East

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won contracts to supply Syncrolift® ship lifts to two shipyards in the Middle East.

One order, from Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE (DSS) will see a Syncrolift® designed and installed at Hamriyah Free Zone shipyard at Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. This installation, with a docking platform of 120 metres in length and a width of 26.5 metres will be the sixth Rolls-Royce Syncrolift® installed in the UAE and it will be operational by the end of 2012.

The second contract, awarded by Zamil Offshore Services, involves the installation of a ship lift with a platform 102 metres long and 32 metres wide at a new shipyard, which is being constructed in King Abdul Aziz port, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Zamil Offshore already operate one Rolls-Royce ship lift, and this order will bring the total number of systems installed in Saudi Arabia to five. Commissioning of the Syncrolift® is planned for 2013.

Ravi K, Rolls-Royce, General Manager, Marine - Middle East, said: “These contracts underscore the proven track record of Rolls-Royce Syncrolift® systems and their ability to meet a variety of commercial and naval requirements. The investments mean that these two new Middle East shipyards will be able to build and repair ships more efficiently, further enhancing their position within the global marine industry.”

As the world-leader in shiplift technology, Rolls-Royce Syncrolift® systems are installed in more than 240 shipyards in 70 countries. These innovative systems enable the safe lifting of vessels during construction, maintenance and repair. Their capacity ranges from 500 to 25,000 tonnes.

The latest orders are for Syncrolift® systems that can handle vessels weighing up to 5,000 tonnes. Associated transfer systems allow suspended vessels to be moved around within the confines of a shipyard, increasing efficiency and reducing drying-docking times.

  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.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. Syncrolift® is a heavy-duty lifting device that is safe, reliable, and able to withstand the corrosive conditions of the marine environment. In addition to shipbuilding and ship repair, the technology is also used in many other applications including ramps for passenger ferries and cargo ships, launching concrete caissons for construction of breakwaters, piers, and bridges and an innovative barge-lift system is being developed as an alternative to canal locks.
  9. Zamil Offshore, provides a comprehensive range of support services to the offshore industry including the ownership and operation of a fleet of port and offshore support vessels which includes seven Rolls-Royce UT design vessels. This new shipyard will undertake the launch and docking of offshore support, Saudi Naval and Coastguard vessels for both new build and for repair.

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