Rolls-Royce to design and equip Farstad AHTS newbuilds

Rolls-Royce has won a GBP 50 million (about US$ 82 million) contract to design and equip two anchor handling vessels for Norwegian company Farstad Shipping.

The vessels have been ordered from STX OSV. The steel hulls will be built in Romania and the outfitting yard will be the STX OSV Langsten shipyard in Tomrefjord, Norway. Delivery of the vessels will be April and June 2013 respectively. (See earlier story).

The Rolls-Royce UT 731 CD vessels are designed to work in extreme environmental conditions and carry out operations in water as deep as 3,000 metres.

The order includes a fully integrated equipment system from Rolls-Royce, including deck machinery, vessel control systems and a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system. This will be fitted on both vessels to maximise efficiency, reduce fuel burn and cut emissions.

Atle Gaasø, Rolls-Royce, General Manager - Sales - Offshore Service Vessels, said: "We are extremely proud to continue our strong relationship with Farstad Shipping by supplying them with additional cutting edge marine technology. Rolls-Royce support vessels are equipped to meet the future challenges of deepwater offshore operations."


August 4, 2011