jackson offshore operatorsRolls-Royce announced today they have secured a $15 million contract with a relatively new American offshore supply vessel owner, Jackson Offshore Operators, for project management and an integrated propulsion and control systems package for two advanced offshore support vessels.

For Jackson Offshore Operators, (JOO) this is a significant evolution of their business, literally doubling the size of their current fleet.

Formed in May 2011 by Louisiana resident, Lee Jackson, Jackson Offshore Operators immediately acquired two 175-foot DP 1 offshore supply boats, with cash apparently, and within a month and half had secured a 3-year contract with Chevron for the M/V Fury, and a fortnight later, secured another 3-year contract for M/V Storm.

azipull rolls-royceThe new vessels ordered by JOO will be built at BAE Systems in Jacksonville, Florida (formerly Atlantic Marine) with scheduled deliveries in 2014.  The vessels are Guido Perla-designed GPA 675J PSVs equipped with an integrated Rolls-Royce propulsion system featuring two Azipull propulsion thrusters, tunnel thrusters and a Low-Voltage Active Front End Diesel Electric Power System.

The scope of supply also includes power and propulsion systems integration – including an advanced Acon automation system, an Icon Dynamic Positioning (DP-2) system and a fully integrated electrical detailed engineering package – and “start-to-finish” project management including on-site advisory services, planning and commissioning.

Said Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President – Offshore: “Working on a project like this with Jackson Offshore is a real privilege for Rolls-Royce as it enables us to clearly demonstrate how we are able to deliver value to customers through early and close engagement when designing and commissioning a highly complex integrated systems package.”

Said Lee Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Offshore Operators: “We selected the Rolls-Royce systems package based on several key factors. There are efficiencies gained during the build process through the use of a single source supplier of major ship systems; especially one with great experience in complex ship systems integration. Additionally, the operating profile of the vessels with a Low-Voltage Active Front End Diesel Electric Power System and Azipull propulsion thrusters is extremely fuel efficient yielding reduced exhaust emissions as well as economic benefits to our clients.”

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