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Rolls-Royce Receives First Order For Wave-Piercing Vessel

Posted on November 17, 2010

Rolls-Royce has received its first order for its new wave-piercing offshore vessel from Farstad Shipping. The bow is designed to allow the vessel, which is powered by the company’s Bergen diesel engines, to pierce through waves in extreme weather conditions, while maintaining constant speed, said Rolls-Royce.

The contract, worth US$16.3 million (€12 million), includes vessel design and an integrated power and propulsion system and equipment package for an advanced platform supply vessel (PSV). The contract also includes an option for a second similar vessel.

Rolls-Royce said that wave-piercing technology has already been used for high-speed catamarans and trimarans, and it is now applying these concepts to the offshore market.

In addition to the new design, Rolls-Royce will supply Azipull propellers and thrusters. A Rolls-Royce DP2 dynamic positioning system, which uses satellite technology to position the vessel, is also included. This system automatically controls the propulsors to hold the vessel in position during safety-critical operations, such as working close to offshore platforms in strong winds or heavy seas.

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