Rolls-Royce opens new marine customer training centre in Brazil

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

To better support marine customers in South America, Rolls-Royce has today opened a new training centre in Brazil, to cater for customers operating the large number of vessels with Rolls-Royce systems that work in country's deep water oil and gas fields.

The centre is located at the existing Rolls-Royce Marine Services site in Niteroi, just outside of Rio de Janeiro. It will provide a wide range of training programs, initially in support of winch and dynamic positioning (DP) operations – in which satellite technology automatically controls a vessel's propulsion system to maintain position in heavy seas.

Paulo Rolim, Rolls-Royce, Country Manager – Marine, Brazil, said: "The provision of training to our customers in Brazil is critical in ensuring their ability to maximize the value and full potential of the equipment and systems onboard their highly complex vessels.

"Getting optimal performance from the latest DP systems and deck machinery requires hours of hands on training, and doing so in a safe and cost effective training centre helps ensure crew members are better equipped to meet the real life challenges they face when out at sea, in often challenging conditions."

The training concepts, course materials and equipment are based on those used at the Rolls-Royce Training Centre for Europe located in Ålesund, Norway. The courses and simulators have been designed in cooperation with the Offshore Simulator Centre, also in Norway, and represent the latest in bridge simulation technology.

The new training centre in Brazil is a part of the overall Marine Services Centre, and features a full size demonstration winch housed in the workshop. Courses are based on a mix of classroom instruction, hands on exercises in the simulators and maintenance training. A main bridge simulator with two operator chairs allows for interactive team training with a diverse array of scenario planning options to test any skill level.

In addition, two dome simulators with 180 degree horizons are installed for winch training, and are designed to allow crews to hone their winch operations skills in realistic surroundings. A similar dome houses a crane simulator.

All simulator domes use the latest situation modeling techniques and projection systems to give a very life-like representation of winch and crane handling activities on board an offshore vessel.

Adjacent to the simulator domes is a classroom, while another room houses four DP training stations and DP cabinets to provide a mix of operational and maintenance training options.

System maintenance and fault-finding exercises form an important part of the courses. Instructors can show trainees the function of components in the control cabinets, and then also arrange for faults to appear, providing hands-on experience in diagnosing and fixing problems.

  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 businesses address their 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. Power Systems includes Rolls-Royce's 50% ownership of Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS), a joint venture with Daimler AG. RRPS was fully consolidated in the results of Rolls-Royce plc for the first time in 2013.
  3. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base 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 in 120 countries.
  4. 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.
  5. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these employees are engineers.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 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. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices to our programmes worldwide.

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