Rolls-Royce has won a £12 million ($18.9 million) order to provide design, integrated power and propulsion systems and equipment for a highly advanced multipurpose service vessel for the Norwegian ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to be built at the Beşiktaş Shipyard in Turkey.
This latest contract will see the first UT design vessel to be built by a Turkish shipyard. Rolls-Royce notes that around 800 Rolls-Royce UT vessels have been built or are under construction since the first one entered service 40 years ago.
The vessel is a brand new design type from Rolls-Royce. The UT 7521 WP will be prepared for a range of offshore duties. The overall length of the vessel will be 98.9 metres with a beam of 21 metres and deadweight of approx. 6000 tons.
John Knudsen, President Commercial Marine, Rolls-Royce said: “It is always an honour to see a new ship design, packed with innovations, leave the drawing board and become reality. For this contract we are particularly happy to welcome back a returning ship owner for our UT design, and to work with a new shipyard building the first UT vessel in Turkey, a country with growing capability in building complex ships.”
Patrick Regis, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director – Turkey, added: “Rolls-Royce has developed strong links with the Turkish shipbuilding industry in recent years, in several commercial and naval projects. Our UT design is renowned across the world as the benchmark design, perfect for the demanding tasks of offshore oil and gas operations, and we’re delighted to add Turkey to the list of countries that build these sophisticated designs for the future.”
The company says that this new advanced offshore vessel will feature the Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge, and an integrated power and propulsion system incorporating main engines, azipull propellers, bow and stern thrusters, deck machinery, dry bulk system, DP2 dynamic positioning, and the latest generation of automation and control system.
The UT 7521 WP, which will be delivered in the second half of 2016, will be the first vessel with the newly developed electro control system (SAVe CUBE) that coordinates the rotational speed of main machinery for optimum fuel efficiency.