Rolls-Royce unveils Marine Technology & Training Centre in Norway

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has today officially opened its new European Marine Technology and Training Centre in Ålesund, Norway in front of a crowd of 300 customers, partners and government officials.

The celebration, whose guest of honour was HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, marked the formal opening of this 3,000m² ultra-modern facility, in the heart of Norway's maritime cluster.

The centre features the latest Rolls-Royce marine technology and equipment to support customer training and simulation requirements and is particularly focused on offshore deepwater oil and gas exploration and production activities.

Tony Wood, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, said: "We are delighted to welcome HRH The Crown Prince to officially open our new Technology and Training Centre. This excellent new facility will provide our customers with access to a broader range of support and training. This includes direct, hands-on training for engineers, crew and service technicians."

As the head office in a global network of marine training centres that includes facilities in Singapore and the USA, the Rolls-Royce Technology and Training Centre in Norway is well-equipped through a major investment in the latest simulator technology. The centre-piece is a full-scale offshore vessel bridge with a 360 degree field of vision where ship manoeuvring, anchor handling and other precise offshore operations can be simulated. A number of individual simulators allow trainers to operate winches, cranes and other equipment, while a separate and enlarged dynamic positioning (DP) simulator caters for this specialist area.

A fully-equipped workshop as well as classrooms and conference facilities allow crews to train with systems and equipment identical to those on board their vessel.

The Technology and Training Centre is located in the newly built Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre, on the campus of Ålesund University College. In addition to the training facilities, the centre will house more than 500 Rolls-Royce employees in purpose built office accommodation.

  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.
  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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