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Rolls-Royce Package Approach Wins Order
Just as the practice of sin- gle-sourcing complete pack- ages of equipment and machinery, albeit long applied, has gathered tremen- dous pace over the past decade in the commercial marine sector, the uptake of functionally-integrated sys- tems has had a signal bearing in driving ship technology forward.
Building on its own track record in the naval field, in particular, and on the long- standing policy of the absorbed Ulstein interests to supply 'coherent' systems to offshore support ships, Rolls-Royce has landed an integrated ship systems deal spanning an inno- vative vessel designed to install wind turbines offshore.
Ordered by U.K. firm Mayflower Energy in recognition of an emerging market for ships to build up the many offshore windfarms planned by North European countries, the 426-ft. (130-m)
Mayflower Resolution will transport and position parts for up to 10 wind turbines at a time. The design has been conceived to minimize the risks associated with year-round deployment in the
North Sea, and features a jack-up capability to provide a stable offshore working platform.
Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply the integrated ship systems, including the entire diesel- electric propulsion plant and also the bridge outfit, including navigation, communications, automa- tion and dynamic positioning.
Although the broad portfolio of Rolls-Royce products will be accessed for the contract, much equipment is being sourced from other manufacturers.
In fact, the U.K.-owned group considers that the order "fits well with the Rolls-Royce strategy of taking increased responsibility for integrating complete ship systems, building on years of supply- ing comprehensive equipment packages for offshore support vessels."
Mayflower Resolution, which will be constructed at the Shanhaiguan Shipyard in northern
China, will be propelled by four Ulstein Aquamaster azimuth thrusters fitted in nozzles, augment- ed in maneuvering and dynamic positioning mode by three Kamewa Ulstein controllable-pitch tun- nel thrusters. Power for propulsion and shipboard services will be primarily met by four gensets, made up of 1,824-kW Mitsubishi high-speed diesels and Newage Stamford alternators.
Mayflower Energy is currently marketing the vessel both to wind energy companies and to the offshore oil and gas industry, and is confident of having contracts in place when the newbuild is ready for operation in spring 2003. container capacity of 4,112-TEU, the German- owned vessel offers 1,300 slots for 20-ft. and 40- ft. high-cube reefer units of the integral type, claimed to render her the largest reefer cargo car- rier worldwide.
She denotes the start of a major reinvestment in the trade out of Australasia.
Although overall vessel size seems modest by comparison with the new generation of 6,000- 8,000-TEU boxships phased into other liner trades, P&O Nedlloyd Remuera signifies a sub- stantial advance in shipment capacity relative to the 2,700-TEU ships that have hitherto main- tained the company's eastabout traffic from New
Zealand to Northern Europe.
Moreover, the high level of both reefer tech- nology and reefer slots encapsulated in the new design has considerable implications for service level and route productivity, providing the basis for further development of the perishable cargo business. A potent Sulzer diesel prime mover of the 9RTA96C model, rated at approximately 70,000-bhp, should ensure a service speed of 23.5-knots, with sufficient reserve to make 25.2- knots if required.
Dubbed the Albatros
S class, and built by Samsung Heavy Indus- tries, P&O Nedlloyd Remuera leads a series of seven ships, all of which are committed to P&O
Nedlloyd on initial eight-year charters from
Hamburg-based contractual owner Claus-Peter
Offen. They will replace 10 blown-air, insulated reefer container-carrying ships used by the line in the various trades involved.
Partner operator CP Ships is due to add a fur- ther three vessels of similar design, booked with the Daewoo yard, making for a prospective fleet of 10 compatible ships, most of which should be in commission by the year's end.
The immediate intention is to ensure depend- able, fixed-day weekly sailings for exporters and importers on the Australia/New Zealand. Europe and U.S. trade route.
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