Rolls-Royce water jets to power wind farm support vessels

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has secured a contract to supply water jets for four new wind farm support vessels to be built by South Boats for offshore company MPI.

The 19 metre long catamarans will be used to transfer people and cargo to the growing number of offshore wind farms around the coast of Europe.  ‪South Boats, located in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, is the market leader in the design and build of this new type of vessel.

Andy Brett, Rolls-Royce, Marine Sales Manager – UK, said: "South Boats is the leading builder of wind farm support vessels and we’re delighted that Rolls-Royce has again been selected to provide leading edge water jet technology to them. The performance of our water jets, combined with a responsive control system, is proving a popular choice for cutting edge windfarm support vessels, which require high power and good manoeuvrability to hold position in rough seas."

The South Catamaran 19m GL WFSV vessels will each be fitted with a pair of Rolls-Royce FF600 water jets. South Boats have Rolls-Royce water jets on order to power a total of 12 vessels.

MPI, which will operate these latest boats, also operate three large wind turbine installation ships, which feature a range of Rolls-Royce equipment including azimuth thrusters, diesel engines and winches.

  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 more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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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