Rolls-Royce today confirmed a £24 million order to design and equip four platform supply vessels to be built by COSCO Shipyard Co. in Guangdong, China for an undisclosed American shipowner.
Rolls-Royce says the UT 771 CDL, which is a version of its popular UT 700 series, will feature a fully integrated equipment system including efficient diesel electric propulsion, deck machinery, bulk handling equipment and automation and control systems.
“We are very pleased to sign our first contract with COSCO and we look forward to working closely with them,” says JÃ¸rn Heltne, SVP of Ship Technology at Rolls-Royce. “These vessels are complex, highly efficient and designed to meet specific challenges faced by the offshore industry.”
The vessels will be equipped for transporting pipes, equipment and cargo to and from pipe-laying barges, oil drilling and production platforms, and also fire fighting.
As we reported earlier, the contract with the shipowner includes options to build an additional six vessels of the same UT 771 CDL design. The first of the vessels are expected to be delivered in early 2014.