Rolls-Royce to supply advanced technology to ice class super yacht
UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide the propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice classified superyacht.
The 70-meter-long superyacht, King Shark, is being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi. The newbuilding is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
The vessel is designed inside and out by Team for Design, a yacht design and architecture firm based in Venice, Italy. Naval architecture is by Arrabito Naval Architects and the yacht will be certified under Rina and Lloyd’s.
“We are thrilled to be constructing this super yacht, at 70 metres - ambitious for its scale and finish, but special for its ice classification,” Federico Rossi, Chief Operating Office at Rossinavi, said.
As explained by Rolls-Royce, electric propulsion allows the vessel to travel extensive distances, a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots and to reach a top speed of 17 knots.
Gary Nutter, Rolls-Royce, Director, Products – Marine said: “Our experience of designing and building high technology equipment for the most advanced vessels has allowed us to help Rossinavi identify the optimum combination of systems the King Shark needs to operate in Arctic conditions efficiently, safely and comfortably.”
The Rolls-Royce SAVE Cube system is said to allow the engines to be operated at variable speeds increasing efficiency and reducing fuel consumption at the different operating conditions. Installing drives, frequency converter and switchboard in a single cabinet also allows easier installation and saves space.
The company is also supplying two Azipull AZP085 azimuth thrusters. This combination of low drag body and pulling propeller gives a high propulsive efficiency and enhanced maneuverability, together with good course keeping ability, according to Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce is also supplying a dynamic positioning system for the vessel. This will help keep the vessel safe in the most extreme conditions by providing a “dynamic anchoring” capability which will hold the vessel in position counteracting the effects of both wind and wave.
About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc
1-Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
2-Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
3-Rolls-Royce has three common themes across all their businesses:
Investing in and developing engineering excellence.
Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes.
Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which Rolls-Royce can capture aftermarket value long into the future.
4-Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £80 billion at the end of 2016.
5-In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development, and also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
6-Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.
7-The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.
30 September 2017