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Rolls-Royce to Tackle Spanish Pollution Needs

Posted on March 10, 2005

The Spanish marine safety agency SASEMAR has ordered two pollution prevention and control vessels designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce in a US$30.8 million contract. The two 80 m vessels are to be built by Astilleros Zamakona shipyard in northern Spain, are to the Rolls-Royce UT Design and incorporate a package of the company’s power, propulsion and deck machinery equipment. Delivery is scheduled for May and October/November 2006.

Each vessel will be equipped with four Bergen diesel engines producing a total of 16 000 kW and are coupled to two controllable pitch propellers. Rolls-Royce said that a high standard of dynamic positioning, IMO DP2, has been specified, and to achieve this the main propellers are assisted by high-lift rudders, a super silent tunnel thruster and a swing-up azimuth thruster, all from Rolls-Royce.

Two primary roles have been identified for the new SASEMAR vessels – towing and pollution control. They will have a bollard pull of more than 220 tonnes, sufficient towing force to prevent a stricken vessel drifting ashore. Should an oil spill occur, they are equipped to skim floating oil and transfer it to tanks on board.

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