Rolls Royce Pushes New Boundaries in the Offshore Market
The most powerful offshore vessel built to date, the Far Samson, designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce, entered service with Farstad Shipping of Norway.
Working closely with the ship owner, Rolls-Royce developed the special UT 761 CD design. Far Samson has demonstrated a continuous bollard pull of 423 tonnes using all available power and more than 377 tonnes using the main propulsion system.
Far Samson was built by STX Europe Langsten, Norway and incorporates a wide range of new technology. The vessel is multifunctional and capable of carrying out heavy ploughing operations for pipes and cables on the seabed, as well as subsea installation work in ultra deep water, towing, remote underwater (ROV) and other challenging subsea operations. It can cut trenches in the seabed in water up to 1,000m deep. The vessel is 121.5m long with a 26m beam, gross tonnage of 15,260 with a hull strengthened to Ice Class 1B, and is capable of more than 19 knots at top speed. A Rolls-Royce propulsion system combining diesel electric and diesel mechanical transmission provides optimal operating flexibility, fuel economy and minimum exhaust emissions.
Far Samson is powered by Rolls-Royce diesel engines, which meet clean design class rules and catalytic converters are also fitted to the generator sets, giving a 95 per cent nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction.
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