Rolls-Royce secures orders for world's most popular platform supply vessel

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has secured an order to design and equip two offshore supply vessels for ship owner Gulf Offshore North Sea Ltd. The value of the contract to Rolls-Royce is approximately £10 million.

The two UT755 XL designs will be built at the Rosetti Marino SpA shipyard in Ravenna, Italy, with expected delivery in 2013 and 2014. In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will provide a propulsion system for each vessel including propellers and thrusters, along with deck machinery, bulk handling equipment and a ship automation package.

Hans Robert Almestad, Rolls-Royce, General Manager - Regional Sales, said: “We are pleased that Gulf Offshore North Sea has chosen to add additional Rolls-Royce vessels to their fleet. This demonstrates their continued trust in our industry leading marine technology. It is a pleasure to once again do business with such a large and important company in the offshore industry.”

The Rolls-Royce UT 755 series is the world’s most popular platform supply vessel, with more than 170 on order or in service. This best selling design delivers low fuel consumption, low noise and vibration, excellent load capacity and versatility.

Gulf Offshore North Sea is also the operator of eight UT 755s, which were all built at Rosetti Marino SpA. The contract also includes an option to build an additional vessel of the same design.

When this order is delivered, Rosetti Marino SpA will have constructed 10 Rolls-Royce UT vessels.

  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.
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