Rolls-Royce introduces the future of Offshore Vessel Command and Control

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today announced that an offshore vessel, currently under construction for Simon Møkster Shipping, will be the first in the world to feature the new highly innovative Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge solution - representing a step change in vessel operation.

As offshore ships have become more technologically advanced and able to perform more highly specialised duties, their bridges, as the command centres for the ship, have become more complex.

The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge has been designed to deal with this issue based on both our own research and feedback from customers. It simplifies the range of controls, panels and displays for the various onboard systems, provides significantly improved ergonomics and easier operation which enhances operator and crew safety and improves task efficiency. The bridge layout can also be tailored to meet the needs of a number of different vessels.

Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President – Offshore, said: "Working aboard ships in the offshore sector can be hugely demanding on crews, where concentration, visibility and rapid response are essential for safe operations. The Unified Bridge was developed after an in-depth study of bridge system requirements for the navigation and operation of vessels focused on ergonomic design, safety, performance and simplicity."

Daniel Scavuzzo, Astilleros Gondan, Commercial Manager, said: "The Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge is a breakthrough development which fits with the philosophy of Gondan Shipyard. Our aim is to identify and understand our customer's needs to supply integral solutions and services to meet their requirements. Providing the "shipbuilder's point of view" to this new development has been a very constructive experience for us. Our work hand-in-hand with the designer and the ship owner has been key in delivering this successful project."

The first commercial installation of the Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge solution will be on a UT 776 WP platform supply vessel (PSV), currently being built in Spain by the yard Astilleros Gondan, for Norwegian ship-owner Simon Møkster Shipping. The vessel design with the striking wave piercing bow, main systems and equipment are all provided by Rolls-Royce.

On completion in 2014 the vessel will be chartered by Statoil for operations in the North Sea and the High North.

  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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