Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Detroit Chile SA to supply offshore cranes to nine Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) presently under construction at Detroit Brasil Ltda. shipyard, in Itajaì, Brazil.
The delivery will include nine ship sets of the dual draglink crane, making eighteen cranes in total. Upon completion, the vessels, designed by Guido Perla, will enter service on an eight-year contract with state-owned Brazilian oil company Petrobras. Brazilian Starnav Serviços Marìtimos Ltda, a subsidiary of Detroit Chile, will operate the vessels.
The dual draglink crane is optimized for safer and more efficient load handling in harbor and on the ship’s deck while at sea, Rolls-Royce said. The cranes allow fast loading, unloading and moving of cargo over the entire length of the main deck.
Calling the new PSV crane “highly innovative,” John Knudsen, president of Rolls-Royce’s commercial marine unit, said, “A ship configuration with two cranes provides safe and highly efficient load handling and these offshore vessels will have the advantage of loading and unloading the deck using their own equipment.”
Launched in 2012, the Rolls-Royce dual draglink crane has already been delivered to Farstad Shipping’s vessel Far Solitaire, one PSV under construction at Keppel Singmarine Brazil SA, as well as to four PSVs still under construction at Detroit Brasil shipyard, in Itajaì.