Rolls-Royce has unveiled the latest design in its family of coastal protection vessels at the Pacific 2006 exhibition in Sydney, Australia, building on a series of order successes worldwide.
Navies, coastguards and public agencies are increasingly interested in ships which can monitor, patrol and protect their waters and also carry out pollution control, salvage and firefighting tasks. Rolls-Royce draws on a commercial ship design heritage which has seen over 600 of its vessels built over the the last 30 years.
Its strategy of bringing that success to the naval sphere has already been rewarded with contracts for UT coastal ship protection designs in India, Spain, France, Norway and the UK. All the ships feature a full range of Rolls-Royce propulsion and motion control equipment.
The latest design, the UT527, delivers firefighting, emergency towage and pollution control capability and can hold up to 320 survivors of a marine disaster. A medium-sized helicopter and two smaller daughter craft are also available for specific missions. It can remain at sea for up to three years without return if required, changing crew and being replenished at sea.
The 92-metre long ship, powered by Rolls-Royce Bergen diesel engines, would be capable of more than 20 knots and have an unrefuelled range of 20,000 nautical miles at 16 knots.
"With world resources in decline and international law allowing Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) out to 200 nautical miles, there is increasing interest in vessels suitable to monitor, patrol and protect the seas," said Arnaud Ayral, Rolls-Royce Regional Manager - Naval. "Our designs, tried and tested worldwide in the commercial offshore oil and gas industry, are easily adapted for this role."