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May 11, 2001

Incat 045 completes Navy assignmentIncat completes naval mission
At a ceremony in Hobart,Tasmania, today HMAS Jervis Bay (Incat hull no.045), an 86 m wavepiercing catamaran built for commercial service, completed its mission with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) following a two-year charter.

The cat was commissioned for logistics operations between Australia and East Timor in May 1999.

Since its debut with the navy, HMAS Jervis Bay, Incat hull number 045, has completed 107 trips between Darwin and Dili, transporting personnel and equipment as part of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

The Maritime Commander, Rear Admiral Geoff Smith AM RAN, paid tribute to HMAS Jervis Bay saying it "was precisely the vessel we wanted in the East Timor crisis, we needed to transport personnel quickly, reliably and in large numbers”.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral David Shackleton said “HMAS Jervis Bay, affectionately referred to as the 'Dili Express', served Australia well and successfully filled a shortfall in the Navy's operational capability".

He said the vessel had been extensively trialed and assessed during its service and the RAN has obtained much valuable data for use in the future.

The advent of the Timor crisis gave rise to an immediate need to transport large numbers of troops and equipment quickly. Travelling at 43 knots fully loaded and 48 knots lightship, HMAS Jervis Bay usually crossed between Darwin and Dilli in approximately 11 hours.

Just as Incat identified the fast ferry niche over a decade ago another area of the marine world in need of radical development has been identified. The US military is particularly impressed with the high-speed platform, to the extent that HMAS Jervis Bay is said to have “stunned” US 7th Fleet personnel during East Timor peacekeeping operations.

Incat is in a joint venture with Bollinger Shipyards to build Incat design vessels for U.S. military needs.


HMAS Jervis Bay Facts & Figures
During its two year charter to the Royal Australian Navy HMAS Jervis Bay completed 107 trips covering some 100,000 nautical miles, carried 20,000 passengers and 430 military vehicles. In addition, 5,600 tonnes of stores were shipped.

Rolls-Royce wins pod ordersMermaid podded drive
Rolls-Royce has won two new contracts to supply podded propulsion systems and deck machinery for Queen Mary 2, the new luxury cruise liner to be built for Cunard Line at Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique. It has also won contracts to supply podded propulsors to three other cruise ships. The total value of these contracts is approximately £15 million.

Rolls-Royce will supply four Mermaid™ podded propulsion systems for Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner ever built. This will be the first four-pod installation to date and will consist of two fixed and two azimuthing pod units delivering a combined output of more than 85MW. They will provide a speed of nearly 30 knots with low noise and vibration levels and maximum manoeuvrability. The Mermaid™ units will be delivered in December 2002.

Rolls-Royce has also won a contract to supply the deck machinery for Queen Mary 2. It will supply eight double drum Rauma Brattvaag mooring winches and two separate windlasses. The winches and windlasses will be electrically driven using frequency converter drive and they will have an auto-tensioning function. The pull of the mooring winches will be 25 tonnes per drum and the diameter of the anchor chain will be 114 mm. All the equipment will be delivered by September 2002.

These successes follow the announcement in March that Rolls-Royce will supply Brown Brothers stabilizers for the same vessel.

In addition, Rolls-Royce has won contracts for a further six Mermaid podded propulsion systems to be supplied for three other ships being built by Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France.

MSC Cruise, Italy's largest privately owned cruise line, is to increase its fleet with two new ships. Each of the 60,000 tonne vessels will be equipped with two rotating Mermaid pod propulsion systems rated at 10 MW per unit.

The two Mermaid units for the first ship will be delivered in May 2002 and those for the second vessel in mid-2003.

Also currently under construction at Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique, is a 68,000 tonne luxury cruise liner for NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha). The ship will be powered by diesel engines and two rotatable Mermaid pod propulsion systems, rated at 13.5 MW per unit.

Developed by Rolls-Royce and Alstom Power Conversion, Mermaid is claimed to be the most powerful and flexible marine propulsion system in the world. Each system is optimized by the Rolls-Royce Hydrodynamic Research Center in Kristinehamn in Sweden to the hull form and performance specifications of the vessel, ensuring maximum maneverability with minimum noise and vibration levels. Alstom Power Conversion supplies the electric drives.

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