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R-R wins first order for wave-piercing offshore vessel

R-R wins first order for wave-piercing offshore vessel

Singapore: The Singapore-based Marine Division of Rolls-Royce has won its first order for what it calls a 'revolutionary' new wave-piercing offshore vessel, from Farstad Shipping.

The contract, worth in excess of £12 million to R-R, includes vessel design and a comprehensive integrated power and propulsion system and equipment package for an advanced platform supply vessel (PSV), including a satellite-based dynamic positioning (DP2) system. The contract also includes an option for a second vessel of the same specification and value.

R-R says the wave-piercing hull form - already proven for catamarans and trimarans - eliminates slamming and allows for a smooth ride even in rough weather conditions. The hull pierces through the water, rather than riding on top of the waves, allowing the vessel to run continuously at service speeds regardless of the sea state, reducing fuel consumption and improving crew comfort. The company has developed similar hull designs for other vessel types including tugs, deep-sea anchor handlers, construction vessels and mobile offshore drilling ships.

The new vessel ordered by Farstad is a UT 754 WP design and will be fitted out by STX Offshore Norway at its Langsten shipyard.  [17/11/10]