Rolls-Royce wins order for platform supply vessel

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won an order from Norwegian ship builder Simek AS to design and equip a UT755 LC platform supply vessel.

The contract includes a fully integrated Rolls-Royce power and propulsion system including main engines, propellers and tunnel thrusters.  Deck machinery, electrical systems, automation and control systems and bulk handling equipment are also included in the order.

Magne Hjelle, Rolls-Royce, Area Sales Manager, Ship Technology - Offshore, said: “Simek has extensive experience building Rolls-Royce designed vessels. We are delighted to continue our long term relationship with this latest order, which combines a proven ship design with a selection of leading edge marine technology, developed specifically for the challenges of offshore operations.”
The vessel will be built at the Flekkefjord ship yard in Norway, and is due to be completed in the third quarter of 2012. It will be the 23rd Rolls-Royce UT design vessel delivered by Simek.

The UT 755 LC is a development of the popular UT 755 series vessel, designed specifically for supplying equipment to oil and gas platforms. It will have an extended hull and larger deck space to increase the capacity for transportation of solid and liquid cargo.

Since the first UT 755 was delivered in 1996, more than 170 vessels of this design have gone into service or are on order worldwide. Increasingly efficient hull designs, diesel electric propulsion technology and design solutions that minimise the impact on the environment and improve the comfort and safety of the crew are hallmarks of the newer UT 755 models.

  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 over £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. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 9,000 people in 35 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
  9. 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.
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