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Marine Log

PK 148

September 27, 2007

Rolls-Royce equipment for four heavy lifts

Growing demand for wind turbine power has helped blow a $48.5 million marine equipment order to Rolls-Royce.

It has signed a contract with SE Shipping in Singapore covering the supply of integrated equipment systems for four 45,000 dwt heavy lift vessels of Polarconsult PK148 design that are to be built at two Chinese shipyards. The contract also includes 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 worldwide.

"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 shipowner, 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."

In fall 2009 Rolls-Royce will start a delivery program of diesel engines, CP propulsion, tunnel thrusters, generator sets, steering gear and rudders, deck machinery, integrated bridge, switchboards and automation as an integrated system.

Although mainly intended for shipping wind turbine parts, the ships will be equipped with cranes to allow them to move other heavy cargo, particularly as return loads.

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