OCTOBER 21, 2014 — Rolls-Royce has inked a cooperation agreement that will see it build a 2,100 sq.m service facility at the Astican shipyard in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
Rolls-Royce says the agreement that will enhance the service capabilities of both parties in order to meet growing demand from rig and drillship owners.
The new custom-built service center will enable Rolls-Royce to service and overhaul its complete. Its capabilities will include the simultaneous reconditioning of up to six azimuth thruster units.
"We are delighted to join with a reputable partner such as Rolls-Royce in this new venture," said Astican President Antonio Germán Suárez. "We strongly believe that this agreement will help recognize the Port of Las Palmas as a one-stop-shop for the offshore industry in West Africa. Furthermore, this is a positive signal to other complementary equipment manufacturers that Las Palmas is an attractive place for facility investment."
"The Canary Islands is an important location for the offshore industry and this new partnership will allow us to deliver an unparalleled level of service and skill to our customers," said Knut Hovland, Rolls-Royce Senior VP Marine Services Europe & Africa. "We are delighted to develop our relationship with Astican, one of the leading ship repair yards in the region."
"The core business is rigs and drillships, but we see a growth in the offshore supply and service market and the fisheries segment for the coming years," said Mr. Havland. "Rolls-Royce will be able to provide Original Equipment Manufacturer services to all these sectors."