Rolls-Royce has announced the opening of a new marine service center in Bergen, Norway. The facility will service the North Sea fleet, giving access to on-shore power and a shorter sailing time to service, providing a favorable environmental profile.
The service center’s workshop is an area of nearly 1,300 square meters and the length of quay is sufficient for two vessels to berth simultaneously. The quay area has ISPS approval for port security, which is a requirement for vessels operating in international waters.
Knut Chr. Hovland, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Marine Services Europe, said, “Bergen sees some 1,600 offshore vessels arrive every year. Of these 1,200 have equipment made by Rolls-Royce on board, including engines, deck machinery, thrusters, rudders and steering gear. This new service center is aimed first and foremost at vessels operating in the North Sea out of Bergen. These vessels usually spend time waiting at the quay and can with advantage use some of this time to carry out repairs.”
Provision has also been made for vessels at the quay to shut down their engines and use on-shore power. When ships run using on-shore power they can avoid using their auxiliary generator sets to produce the power they need when tied up.
“This is important for air quality in Bergen and is in line with the work Rolls-Royce continually does to develop marine solutions that consume less fuel and produce lower emissions,” said Knut Chr. Hovland.