Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with SE Shipping
in Singapore covering
supply of integrated equipment systems for four large heavy lift vessels. The
value of the contract is about £24 million. In addition come options for systems
for a further eight vessels which could triple the order value.
The final customer is Suzlon Energy in India, one of the world's largest suppliers
of wind turbines. Suzlon will use the vessels primarily for transporting wind
turbine components worlwide.
"This contract is a very important one for us,” says Birger Myklebust, President
for the Merchant business in Rolls-Royce. "It is a good example of the way in
which the relationship between ship owner, supplier and shipyard is changing.
Partnership with large equipment system suppliers such as Rolls-Royce gives
customers the opportunity to increase effectiveness, make better use of new
technology and achieve a better division of risk."
From the autumn of 2009 Rolls-Royce will
start a delivery programme of diesel
engines, CP propulsion, tunnel thrusters, generator sets, steering gear and
rudders, deck machinery, integrated bridge, switchboards and automation as an
These 45,000 dwt heavy lift vessels are of Polarconsult PK148 design,
and will be built at two Chinese shipyards. Although mainly intended for shipping
wind turbine parts, they will be equipped with cranes to allow them to move other
heavy cargo, especially as return loads.