Rolls-Royce secures contract for wave piercing offshore vessel

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a £10 million contract with Simon Møkster Shipping for a wave piercing offshore vessel with a striking new bow design that will go into service for Statoil in the Arctic region.

The vessel is designed to pierce through the waves under harsh weather conditions, making it possible to keep a more constant speed, reduce the use of fuel and increase on board safety.  This fits with Simon Møkster’s philosophy of developing the most environmentally friendly fleet possible.

Hans Robert Almestad, Rolls-Royce, General Sales Manager, said: “We are happy to be chosen by Simon Møkster Shipping to develop this highly innovative offshore vessel. Our wave piercing designs and other highly efficient technologies are becoming increasingly popular with customers seeking to reduce their operating costs and improve the environmental performance of their fleets.”

The vessel, which will be built by Spanish shipyard Gondan, is developed specifically for missions in the arctic region, and will be equipped to undertake oil spill recovery duties.

Due for delivery in 2014, the Rolls-Royce vessel includes an extensive range of advanced equipment, such as Azipull propellers, thrusters, the latest generation of automation and control systems and a dynamic positioning system which uses GPS systems to ensure the vessel can hold its position even in rough seas.

  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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