Rolls-Royce and Bestway unveil new energy efficient ship designs

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company and China’s Bestway Engineering, have today unveiled a range of energy efficient ship designs which have been produced to meet the future requirements of the global merchant shipping industry.

The new highly efficient ship designs have been produced using the combined expertise of both companies and will feature advanced Rolls-Royce propulsion systems.  They are tailored specifically to meet the needs of merchant shipping, where low emissions and reduced operating costs are key drivers.

Oddbjørn Eliassen, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant, said: “As international emissions controls are progressively introduced, the marine industry is increasingly collaborating to create highly efficient vessels that reduce operating costs and environmental impacts. Through our partnership with Bestway, we are well positioned to lead the development of ship designs that will meet the future demands of merchant operators.”

Rolls-Royce and Bestway Engineering announced their collaboration a year ago, and these new designs are the first to emerge from the companies’ Joint Project Team. The vessel types include Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, container vessels and general cargo ships, all designed to comply with and exceed future emission targets. Those designs featuring Rolls-Royce gas engines already meet IMO (International Maritime Organisation) Tier III requirements on NOx, SOx and CO2 emissions, which come into force in 2016.

  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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