Korean Coast Guard selects Rolls-Royce equipment for 15 new vessels

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been selected by the South Korean Coast Guard to supply Azimuth thrusters for a new fleet of 15 tugs.

The contract, worth around £12 million, will involve the supply of Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters (two per vessel) as the prime propulsion and steering system on these powerful vessels, which will be fully equipped to perform oil-skimming and environmental protection duties.

John Yi, Rolls-Royce, Vice President Asia - Naval, said: “We are proud to be a partner of the Korean Coast Guard as they embark on a significant expansion of their fleet by investing in these powerful, highly manoeuvrable vessels. Rolls-Royce already supplies the Korean Coast Guard and Navy with a range of marine technology and we’re delighted that, once again, our equipment has been chosen to support their demanding operations.”

The new class of vessels will replace the Korean Coast Guard’s existing tug fleet, which is also equipped with Rolls-Royce thrusters. They will operate primarily in and around Korea’s main naval bases.

Rolls-Royce has supported the Korean Coast Guard and Korean Navy for 30 years, supplying a range of equipment including thrusters, propellers and water jets, plus gas turbines.

Azimuth thrusters comprise a propeller which rotates 360 degrees, so that it can provide both the propulsion and steering for a vessel.

  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. 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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