Rolls-Royce thrusters to power Scottish ferries

Friday, 17 August 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won contracts to supply thrusters for two Scottish operators, Western Ferries and Orkney Ferries.

Western Ferries recently announced the construction of two new ferries which will operate on the Dunoon to Gourock route, across the Firth of Clyde. The 50-metre, double ended car ferries will each be equipped with a pair of Rolls-Royce Aquamaster US 105 CRP thrusters, which rotate through 360 degrees and are particularly suited to the quick turn-round operations of these vessels.

Graeme Fletcher, Technical Director at Western Ferries, said, "Previous experience of these thrusters has shown them to be unsurpassed in tractability and efficiency. They will provide our Skippers with outstanding control and manoeuvring characteristics that cannot be achieved by other designs. Our customers and staff will appreciate the enhanced quality and safety provided by these new vessels on our busy route."

The ferries are being built by the Cammell Laird ship yard in Birkenhead and will be larger, faster and more fuel efficient than the vessels they replace.

Rob McBurney, Commercial Director - Cammell Laird said, "Machinery selection for these new ferries was a joint effort and the Rolls-Royce thrusters were chosen because of the good operating experience, improved fuel consumption and manoeuvrability achieved on Western Ferries’ existing vessels Sound of Shuna and Sound Of Scarba."

The MV Hoy Head, operated by Orkney Ferries, will be equipped with Rolls-Royce thrusters, as part of a major refit also taking place at the Cammell Laird shipyard. The work will involve updating and lengthening the ship to increase vehicle capacity and the installation of a new propulsion system.

James Stockan, Chair of the Orkney Islands Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee, said: “It has been a long term aspiration of the Council to meet increasing demands on our South Isles ferry service, by alleviating congestion and providing increased opportunity to travel at the most convenient times.

"This is excellent news for the communities served by the Hoy Head."

The MV Hoy Head will return to service next year, operating its usual route between the Orkney mainland and the Islands of Hoy and Flotta.

  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 revenue was £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 30 June 2012, 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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