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21 September 2016

New Zealand Defence Force is First Customer for Rolls-Royce ENVIRONSHIP Design

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is to receive a 23,000t POLAR-class logistics support vessel, based on the Rolls-Royce ENVIRONSHIP LEADGE BOW design concept. This marks the first contract for the award-winning, wave-piercing hull design in the naval sector.

The NZDF’s new MSC logistics support vessel will feature the Rolls-Royce ENVIRONSHIP wave-piercing bow design (Rolls-Royce)

Prime contractor Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will undertake detailed design prior to building the vessel under the NZDF’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) programme, using the Rolls-Royce ENVIRONSHIP concept under licence. The design will be customised to cater for the customer’s requirement for a heavily winterised, ice–strengthened vessel, capable of carrying out operations in a challenging Antarctic environment

Rolls-Royce will also supply a Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel (CODLAD) propulsion plant, based on twin Bergen main engine, which will each drive, via reduction gears, a controllable pitch propeller via reduction gears. The company will also supply the propeller shafts and an electrical power system in the form of four MTU gensets, providing power to the Rolls-Royce supplied switchboards, motors, drives, bow thruster and the electric Replenishment at Sea/Fuelling at Sea(RAS/FAS) system, which allows for simpler and quieter resupply operations. Rotary vane steering gear and rudders form part of a stand-alone package.

Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President Sales and Business Development – Naval, Sam Cameron, said: “We see significant value in the ENVIRONSHIP concept in the naval sector. Winning this milestone contract is of considerable importance to our naval ship design offering, which is new to Rolls-Royce. We have worked with HHI on a number of vessels, but this the first project in which we will collaborate on the conceptual design requirement. We look forward to working with HHI in delivering the MSC Support Ship and providing through-life support to the New Zealand Navy.”

The ambitious delivery schedule of 2020 will require Rolls-Royce to deliver equipment to HHI by 2018.