Østensjø Rederi chooses Rolls-Royce design for new SOV

Wednesday, 21 October, 2015 - 10:15
Rolls-Royce has designed the UT 540 WP as new SOV. (Graphic: Rolls-Royce)
Rolls-Royce has designed the UT 540 WP as new SOV. (Graphic: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce has been selected to design and equip a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for shipowner Østensjø Rederi. The vessel will support wind farm operations at Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm for Dong Energy.

The order of the UT 540 WP is the first for a new ship design from Rolls-Royce developed specifically to support operations in shallow waters at offshore wind farms. The vessel will serve as the base for wind turbine technicians while they perform maintenance work on Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Lincolnshire, UK.

Johan Rokstad, Østensjø Rederi AS, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We have worked closely with Rolls-Royce to develop a design we believe will be well suited to servicing the specific operational demands of supporting offshore wind farms. We look forward to continuing this good co-operation in carrying the project through to completion.”

According to Østensjø Rederi, the ship is designed with a high focus on seakeeping capabilities, excellent station keeping performance, improved comfort and safety on board, and reduced fuel consumption. As well as designing the vessel, Rolls-Royce will supply the diesel electric main machinery, including beside others frequency controlled electric driven azimuth thrusters, transverse thrusters, DP2 automation and control system. The vessel will be built at Astilleros Gondan in Spain.

Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce, President Commercial - Marine, said, “We are delighted that Østensjø Rederi and Dong Energy have chosen the new Rolls-Royce UT 540 WP design against intense competition. As more wind farms are built further from shore and in more demanding conditions we see opportunities to use our extensive offshore experience to diversify into an exciting new market.”

Katharina Garus / Rolls-Royce

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