Rolls-Royce wins important order with Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Rolls-Royce Plc today announced that it has signed extensive equipment orders with the world leading Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A for shipowner Viking Cruises.

Viking Cruises recently ordered two cruise ships from Fincantieri and have chosen the highly-efficient Rolls-Royce integrated rudder and propulsion system, called Promas, for their vessels. This is the first time that a Promas propulsion system is being installed on a new-build cruise vessel.

During extensive tank tests, the Promas system demonstrated that it would provide a significantly higher efficiency increase compared with reference propulsion systems for these vessels.

Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President - Merchant, said: "Our highly efficient Promas propulsion system demonstrated an outstanding performance during tank testing. While many cruise vessels are now experiencing significant improvements in operational efficiency following Promas upgrades, the installation of this innovative propulsion system during the new-build process will enable Viking Cruises to benefit from the enhanced operational efficiency starting with its maiden voyage."

In addition to the Promas propulsion system, Rolls-Royce will deliver deck machinery and steering gear for the Viking Cruises vessels. The vessels are due for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

The contracts have a total value of approximately £3 million to Rolls-Royce.

  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 300 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 £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 31 December 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 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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