Just when we had almost forgotten about the ongoing construction of the world’s largest ship (by dimensions), Rolls-Royce, announced today they won the order to provide the Pieter Schelte with the 13 thrusters that will propel and keep this behemoth on station. The contract is worth around £18 million and is the largest ever Rolls-Royce thruster order for a single vessel.
The Pieter Schelte is currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea for Swiss ship owner and operator Allseas Group. Once built, the vessel will measure 382 meters in length and 117 meters in width. This vessel has been designed to carry out installation and decommissioning of oil and gas platforms and pipeline installation projects worldwide.
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Kari Välimaa, Rolls-Royce, Operations Director- Finland, said:
“We are delighted to deliver our largest-ever thruster order to power this record-breaking vessel. This vessel is massive, and the load that it is intended to carry will be equally hefty. Rolls-Royce azimuth thrusters are the ideal solution for the work this ship will undertake due to their reliability and high performance, which are business critical for the offshore industry.” The Pieter Schelte features a unique design concept with a displacement at full load of nearly 900,000 tonnes. It is capable of lifting 48,000 tonnes and the pipelay tension capacity will be 2,000 tonnes, doubling the capacity of the world’s current largest pipelay vessel, Allseas’ Solitaire.