January 30, 2006
Rolls Royce launches coastal protection vessel design
Rolls-Royce has introduced the latest design in its family of coastal protection vessels.
The UT527, unveiled at the Pacific 2006 exhibition in Sydney, Australia, is aimed at a growing market for ships that can monitor, patrol and protect national waters and also carry out pollution control, salvage and firefighting.
Rolls-Royce draws on a commercial ship design heritage that has seen over 600 of its vessels built over the the last 30 years.
Its strategy of bringing that success to the naval sphere has already been rewarded with contracts for UT coastal ship protection designs in India, Spain, France, Norway and the U.K.
All the ships feature a full range of Rolls-Royce propulsion and motion control equipment.
The latest design, the UT527, delivers firefighting, emergency towage and pollution control capability and can hold up to 320 survivors of a marine disaster.
A medium-sized helicopter and two smaller daughter craft are also available for specific missions.
It can remain at sea for up to three years without return if required, changing crew and being replenished at sea.
The 92-m long ship, powered by Rolls-Royce Bergen diesel engines, would be capable of more than 20 knots and have an unrefueled range of 20,000 nautical miles at 16 knots.
Arnaud Ayral, Rolls-Royce Regional Manager-- Naval, said: "With world resources in decline and international law allowing Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) out to 200 nautical miles, there is increasing interest in vessels suitable to monitor, patrol and protect the seas. Our designs, tried and tested worldwide in the commercial offshore oil and gas industry, are easily adapted for this role."
Rolls-Royce has identified three naval markets for its ship designs--Coastal Protection (Exclusive Economic Zone) vessels, Underway Replenishment ships, and Fast Logistics vessels.