Farstad orders Rolls-Royce wave-piercing offshore vessel

Rolls-Royce has announced the first order for its new wave-piercing offshore vessel from Farstad Shipping.

The contract, worth in excess of £12m to Rolls-Royce, includes vessel design and a comprehensive integrated power and propulsion system and equipment package for an advanced platform supply vessel (PSV). The contract also includes an option for a second vessel of the same specification and value.

Already proven for high-speed catamarans and trimarans, Rolls-Royce is now applying wave-piercing technology to the offshore market.

Hull resistance is claimed to be substantially reduced through the elimination of slamming, allowing for a smooth ride even in rough weather conditions.

In addition to the new design, Rolls-Royce will supply Azipull propellers, thrusters, and Bergen diesel engines.

A Rolls-Royce DP2 dynamic positioning system, which uses satellite technology to accurately position the vessel, is also included. It automatically controls the propulsors to hold the vessel in position during safety-critical operations such as working close to offshore platforms in strong winds or heavy seas.

The vessel ordered by Farstad is a UT 754 WP design and will be fitted out by STX Offshore Norway at its Langsten shipyard.