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Rolls-Royce wins order to equip seven offshore vessels in Brazil


Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received orders worth approximately £15 million to supply propulsion and control systems for seven offshore vessels being built in Brazil. The orders mark the continuing strength of the offshore segment in Rolls-Royce and reflect the company’s strong presence in the Brazilian market.

The seven platform supply vessels will be used to move essential supplies and equipment between oil and gas installations and the mainland. Four have been ordered by CBO (Companhia Brasileira de Offshore) and will be built at Alianca S/A, while the remaining three will be built at STX Promar. Two of these will be delivered to Siem Consub while the last vessel will go to Deep Sea Supply.

The orders consist of AZP thrusters and transverse thrusters to all seven vessels, as well as control and automation systems for dynamic positioning for the CBO vessels. Delivery will take place from the second half of 2010.

Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President Offshore - Propulsion, Automation & Control and Engines, said: “Brazil will be one of the most important offshore markets in the years to come. A considerable number of vessels and rigs are to be built in the next five years and with this contract Rolls-Royce further strengthens its presence in Brazil”.

With a growing installed base of equipment in this market Rolls-Royce recently opened an advanced marine repair and overhaul facility in Niteroi, increasing capacity to support customers in the region.

1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
3. Rolls-Royce employs around 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
4. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
5. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £58.3 billion at 31 December 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
6. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 8,000 people in 34 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
7. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in marine solutions, providing products, service and expertise to more than 30,000 vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval surface and submarine markets. It designs ships and its product range includes propulsion systems featuring diesel engines and gas turbines, propellers, thrusters and water jets. Rolls- Royce also provides manoeuvring and stabilizing systems and deck machinery. Around 30 per cent of Marine turnover is derived from service support activity, with a global network of sales and service offices in 34 countries. Rolls-Royce equipment is in service with more than 70 navies.
8. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.


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