Rolls-Royce set to sail in ME

The UAE's national oil company, Adnoc has become Rolls-Royce’s first Middle East customer in the offshore industry with its order of UT-design vessels

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By  Jyotsna Ravishankar Published  July 4, 2006

The UK based Rolls-Royce group has sold two UT780 tugboats to the UAE’s Esnaad, a unit of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. The boats, which will be able to operate in warm seas, are being built in Indonesia and will be ready in Q1 2008. Based on Rolls-Royce’s UT780 AHTS, the 56 metre long vessel has some very specific tailor-made design modifications primarily to facilitate operation in warm seas, said a company statement. In addition 500 tonnes of cargo can be carried on deck, while a six tank, 190 cubic metres bulk system has also been installed. Two Bergen C-series engines turning twin CP propellers will provide a bollard pull of around 60 tonnes. The bulk and mud systems are also configured to suit Esnaad’s needs with the ability to handle three commodities separately, the statement added. “The first order in the Middle East marks another milestone in the long and successful history of the Rolls-Royce UT-Design,” said Kjetil Leine, regional director Asia Pacific “Built to service oil rigs in the developing North Sea oil and gas fields of the 1970s, other versions of the basic design have also proved to be just as adaptable in the search for new reserves including the extremely high ambient temperatures that prevail in Abu Dhabi’s coastal waters.” Rolls-Royce marine architects design each UT vessel to a specific customer’s requirements. The ships are reportedly sold as complete systems and fitted with a range of Rolls-Royce manufactured equipment which can include diesel engines, rudders, propellers, thrusters and powerful deck winches. Darwish Al Qubaisi, Esnaad general manager, said that the UT concept enjoys a unique position. “If anyone mentions UT, everyone in the offshore industry knows what it is,” he said. “Esnaad has long term plans to replace 21 of its existing vessels, with different operational type vessels, and this is the first phase of that programme. “We are confident that the new UT780 will provide our valuable customers with safe, efficient transport services,” Al Qubaisi said.

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