ALP tugs to have Rolls-Royce deck machinery

APRIL 14, 2014 — Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for the four Ulstein SX157 design ocean going tugs that Japan's Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair will build for ALP Maritime Services, the Netherlands based company acquired by Teekay Offshore in February (see earlier story).

The vessels are being developed for towing large structures like oil rigs and floating production units over long distances. The bollard pull for each of the four vessels will be 300 tons and they will be equipped for anchor handling.

"This project is a good example of how our solid industry know-how makes us a partner of choice for innovative ship owners and design teams," said John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President Offshore. "The new vessels will place ALP Maritime Services in the elite division for large offshore towing operations across the world."

The deck machinery delivered from Rolls-Royce will include a complete low pressure winch solution and a stern roller. The towing/anchor handling winches are specially developed in cooperation with the ship designer and owner. The supply of rudder and steering gear is also included in the Rolls-Royce scope of supply.