Rolls-Royce wins Heyerdahl Award 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

Rolls-Royce has been awarded the maritime Heyerdahl Award 2014. The award was presented by His Majesty King Harald at the Norwegian Shipowners' Associations Annual Conference in Oslo 31 March.

The award goes to the Environship Concept, an innovative ship design which integrates a highly efficient gas-based power and propulsion system with an innovative hull design to provide significant reductions in emissions.

The expert committee, chaired by Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Peter Hincliffe, said in its reasoning that Rolls-Royce had taken a holistic approach to vessel design and has succeeded in combining a number of innovative solutions that increase energy efficiency and contribute to significant reductions in emissions. The committee emphasized that the measures are adaptable for a broad range of ship types and have the potential to reduce emissions from many segments of the worldwide fleet.

Helge Vatnehol, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine AS in Norway, received the award on behalf of Rolls-Royce: "We strongly believe that to succeed in making emissions reductions, several types of environmental technologies have to be combined. This is the basic idea behind our Environship concept and it is therefore a great pleasure and very inspiring to receive this recognition."

Helge Vatnehol used the opportunity to send a special thank you to the Norwegian ship owners: "We are fortunate to be part of a maritime cluster with ship owners that are global frontrunners when it comes to investing in new and more environmentally friendly technology. Our customers push forward on innovation every day."

The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award was launched in 1999 by Thor Heyerdahl (1914 - 2002) and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The prize recognizes candidates who have demonstrated exceptional technical innovation and environmental work in keeping with Thor Heyerdahl's desire to promote the conservation of the marine environment. Emphasis is placed on measures that combine environmental benefits with improved profitability. The Norwegian Shipownwers' Association (NSA) holds the secretariat for the award.

"With the Heyerdahl Award we want to acknowledge those who do more than required by rules and regulations. We also want to make visible the industry's ideas and solutions to what are by far the biggest challenges of our time - energy efficiency and the environment" said Chief Executive Officer of the NSA, Sturla Henriksen.

  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. Rolls-Royce currently has 50% ownership of Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS), a collaboration with Daimler AG. RRPS was fully consolidated in the results of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc for the first time in 2013. On 7 March, 2014, Daimler announced their intention to exercise their put option to sell their 50% share in RRPS to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc.
  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 29 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.

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