Rolls-Royce, GPA Collaboration Pays Dividends

Marinelink.com
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Rolls-Royce and Guido Perla and Associates, Inc. (GPA) collaborative efforts are delivering results for customers in North America.

 

Rolls-Royce and GPA most recently teamed up last year to provide a highly innovative design and power & propulsion systems integration solution for two PSVs for Jackson Offshore Operators. Delivery of the first two GPA 675J PSVs, currently under construction at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Jacksonville, Florida, will be made in 2014.


The option for two additional vessels of the same type was exercised earlier this year.


The collaboration between the two market leaders has proven effective, with GPA handling the overall design, regulatory and class approval, and production engineering, while Rolls-Royce is delivering the power and propulsion system equipment and complete systems integration on each vessel.


Said Lee Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Offshore Operators: “Our requirement was to have the most modern and efficient design, with the best integrated power and propulsion system, to create vessels that are tailored for current and future Gulf of Mexico offshore operations, including deepwater exploration and production. That led us to GPA and Rolls-Royce.


“First, these vessels have a very modern design that helps improve efficiency and sea-keeping ability in rough seas. Second, they have a highly optimized cargo capacity, with the engine room on main deck, and importantly, they also support increased comfort for the crew, with an extra deck added under the accommodation area.


“We then selected a fully-integrated Rolls-Royce power and propulsion systems package. The single source solution helps minimize the hardware interface complexity during construction and commissioning, including the integration of its own dynamic positioning and automation systems. In addition, we were able to generate significant space saving using low-voltage active front end drives from Rolls-Royce instead of conventional phase shift frequency converters and transformers.”


The Rolls-Royce scope of supply includes Azipull propulsion thrusters, tunnel thrusters and a Low-Voltage Active Front End Diesel Electric Power System and complete systems integration courtesy of an advanced Acon automation system, an Icon Dynamic Positioning (DP-2) system as well as “start-to-finish” project management including on-site advisory services, planning and commissioning.


Combining such leading edge technology with GPA’s design philosophy focused on practicality of construction and efficiency of operation allows clients to reduce upfront capital costs and maximize return on investment. The fundamental approach of bringing owner, shipyard, designer, and systems integrator to the table early in the planning effort is a core principle of GPA’s design approach, thus maximizing value to its clients and partners.


In addition to the Jackson Offshore project, Rolls-Royce and GPA are collaborating in the development of this same type of PSV into an LNG-fuelled variant while preserving the design attributes that make it ideal for operations in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. Rolls-Royce and GPA anticipate details of this design to be available in the 1st quarter of 2014, optimized for ease of constructability and minimization of any impacts to the vessel’s cargo capacities, within a range of vessel sizes that meet the needs for offshore deepwater operations.

 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

World’s 1st LNG Hybrid Barge Christened "Hummel"

The world’s first LNG hybrid barge of Becker Marine Systems was christened with the name "Hummel" on October 18, 2014, at Grasbrook Quay in HafenCity Hamburg.

Shadrin is D.G. of Gazprom Investholding

On October 13 the Gazprom leadership acceded to Alisher Usmanov's request for releasing him from his position as Director General of Gazprom Investholding. At the meeting Alexey Miller,

A2SEA Signs for Dudgeon

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited has awarded the Charter for WTG transport and installation to A2SEA A/S. A2SEA shall provide the jack-up vessel Sea Installer

Technology

Can Oil & Gas Superpower Lead on Climate Change?

A day before President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations to declare the nation is "stepping up to the plate" to tackle climate change, nearly 400,000

KBR, Daewoo win Eni FLNG FEED

KBR Inc. announced today that the KD Consortium, consisting of KBR and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company, Ltd, has been awarded a front end engineering

US Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Detroit

The Navy will christen littoral combat ship (LCS) Detroit, on Oct. 18 during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus,

Marine Power

USS Constitution Not to Set Sail Until 2018

The crew of USS Constitution embarked on their final Boston Harbor underway demonstration aboard Old Ironsides this year, Oct. 17. Constitution set out into

Swissco Extends Monohull Crewboat Fleet

Incat Crowther announced that Cheoy Lee has delivered a second pair of 36m Monohull Crewboats to Singapore-based operator Swissco Holdings. Swissco Spring and

GE Helps US Navy Improve Energy Efficiency

GE’s Power Conversion business was chosen by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to build a test system for a cleaner and more productive future in full

Marine Equipment

Long Beach Port Adds ‘Free Time’ for Cargo to Ease Congestion

The Port of Long Beach will add an extra three days to the time that overseas import containers can remain on the docks without charge, in order to grant some

Mount Whitney Departs Batumi, Georgia

The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Batumi, Georgia, Oct. 18 after completing a successful port visit. While in Batumi,

USS Constitution Not to Set Sail Until 2018

The crew of USS Constitution embarked on their final Boston Harbor underway demonstration aboard Old Ironsides this year, Oct. 17. Constitution set out into

Vessels

World’s 1st LNG Hybrid Barge Christened "Hummel"

The world’s first LNG hybrid barge of Becker Marine Systems was christened with the name "Hummel" on October 18, 2014, at Grasbrook Quay in HafenCity Hamburg.

Vancouver Welcomes Bulker on Her Maiden Voyage

The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the M/V Jobst Oldendorff, commanded by Capt. Baisie of Ghana, on her maiden voyage October 16. Capt. Baisie and his 21-member

US Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Detroit

The Navy will christen littoral combat ship (LCS) Detroit, on Oct. 18 during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2710 sec (4 req/sec)