November 1, 2000

Class societies end take-over talks

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) have terminated their discussions about a possible "close cooperation." Different views on how to maintain the independence of both societies were the reasons for ending the discussions.

For almost one year, the two classification societies have been investigating possible areas for a close cooperation.

"I still believe there is a need for a consolidation among the classification societies", says Helge Midttun, CEO of DNV. "Our discussions with GL have disclosed areas where a cooperation could have given benefits to both parties, and to our customers. But the strong desire for maintaining independence and individual identity turned out to be the most difficult aspect in the negotiations."

WR-21 gas turbine picked for new destroyer

Rolls-Royce plc and Northrop Grumman have been selected as the preferred suppliers of the gas turbines for the first three ships of a new fleet of air defense destroyers for the U.K. Royal Navy. The two companies expect to conclude negotiations with the prime contractor, BAE Systems, in the next few weeks.

The Rolls-Royce/Northrop Grumman team, supported by French marine engineering company DCN, will supply the intercooled and recuperated WR-21 marine gas turbine for the first three new Type 45 ``D'' class destroyers. A class of up to 12 vessels is planned.

The Type 45s will replace the Royal Navy's long-serving Type 42 destroyers and are due to enter service in 2007.

Dr. Saul Lanyado, President -- Marine, for Rolls-Royce, said: "This is a highly significant breakthrough for the WR-21. The engine has considerable export potential and we believe there will be a lot of interest from other navies around the world."

The WR-21 is currently being qualified for US Navy applications in conjunction with the Royal Navy and French Navy at the DCN Indret facility, near Nantes, in France.

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