Rolls-Royce secures design and integrated systems package for Canadian ship owner

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Rolls-Royce has won a £16m order to provide design, integrated power and propulsion systems and equipment for a large anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) offshore vessel for ship owner Secunda Canada LP.

The advanced vessel will be of type UT 782 WP design and is to be built in Poland at the Remontowa shipyard. Secunda Canada has entered a five-year agreement with ExxonMobil, with options for 20 years, to support the Hibernia and Hebron fields' offshore Newfoundland. The vessel's main role will be the transport of cargo, with ancillary roles including ice management and anchor handling.

Idar Hillersoy, President and CEO of Secunda said: "This contract is an important next step in Secunda's plans for fleet renewal and growth in the Canadian market. We are very pleased to have Rolls-Royce as a partner in the project, their team's engagement and our close cooperation has been pivotal to the development of this advanced vessel."

Secunda Canada's co-owner, Norwegian company Siem Offshore, has also played an active part in the development of the new UT 782 WP design.

The wave piercing (WP) design has been optimized bow to stern for the demanding scope and harsh North Atlantic conditions, and includes the latest technologies to increase safety for vessel crew and operations. At the heart of the vessel is a robust hybrid propulsion system from Rolls-Royce which increases the vessel's operational redundancy and minimizes impact to the environment through low fuel consumption.

John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President Offshore, said: "It is a great pleasure to be able to announce a new contract which involves both a new yard and a new ship owner to us. This will be the first AHTS vessel equipped with the innovative Unified Bridge from Rolls-Royce, and also the first vessel with our innovative wave piercing bow design to enter the North American market."

The Rolls-Royce designed UT 782 WP anchor handling vessels will encompass integrated systems provided by Rolls-Royce, including applications for propulsion, power generation, automation, deck machinery and cargo handling. The overall length of the vessel will be 87.3 metres with a beam of 20 metres and a dead weight of approximately 4000 tons.

The vessel will be ready for delivery in the second half of 2015.

  1. Rolls-Royce's vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Energy & Nuclear and Power Systems (RRPS). On 7 March 2014, Daimler announced their intention to exercise their option to sell their 50% share in RRPS to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. On 16 April 2014, Rolls-Royce and Daimler announced that they have agreed the valuation of Daimler's 50% equity interest. The transaction is expected to complete within the coming months and is subject to the usual regulatory approvals.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.
  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
    • Customer - placing the customer at the heart of our business
    • Concentration - deciding where to grow and where not to
    • Cost - continually looking to increase efficiency
    • Cash - improving financial performance.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £71.6 billion at 31 December 2013.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

For further information, please contact:

Anette Bonnevie Wollebæk
Senior Communications Manager - Marine, Nordic Region
Mobile: +47 976 70 882
Email: abw@rolls-royce.com

Jonathan Webster
Vice President Marketing & Communications, Marine - Americas
Mobile : +1 (301) 820-8246
Email: jonathan.webster@rolls-royce.com

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