Rolls-Royce and ABG Shipyard Prepare Indian Coast Guard for Oil Emergency Role

Rolls-Royce and ABG Shipyard Prepare Indian Coast Guard for Oil Emergency Role

ABG Shipyard, the largest private yard in India, has selected Rolls-Royce to design and provide equipment for three Indian Coast Guard ships which will prepare it for potential environmental crises - particularly oil spills.

The ships, which will feature a range of Rolls-Royce propulsion, steering and motion control equipment, are India's response the the increasing risk of serious spills from merchant ships, many of them aging, in its waters.

The three vessels, each 94 meters in length and weighing 3,300tonnes, will be built at the ABG Shipyard in Surat in a £50m (Rs 400 crore)contract with the Coast Guard, the first being delivered in 2006. The contract from ABG is worth £14m (Rs 112 crore)to Rolls-Royce.

Coast Guard statistics for last year show that eight merchant ships which had sunk near major Indian ports or in the Andaman Sea were 20-25 years old. It is also estimated that at least 200 ships are in the Indian Ocean every day, 40 per cent of them oil tankers. That figure is expected to increase significantly, in line with predictions of a 100 per cent increase in oil demand in India over the next 20 years.

Rolls-Royce has also designed ships for use by the French Navy and Norwegian Coastguard.

Rishi Agarwal, Managing Director - ABG Shipyard, said: "We have built many highly-specialised vessels, including those with diesel electric propulsion and dynamic positioning, for customers worldwide. This experience, coupled with the excellent design and equipment package from Rolls-Royce, is expected to result in very high quality Pollution Control Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard."

Saul Lanyado, Rolls-Royce President - Marine, said: "This contract demonstrates our ability to use our design experience to create new naval marine solutions. India has recognised that its growing role in world shipping will also bring new responsibilities, and I am delighted the Defence Department has selected us to help carry out a vital environmental role. The contact also marks Rolls-Royce's first naval partnership with an Indian shipyard, reflecting our continued drive to form local partnerships where they can serve the customer."

The ships, each of which will have a helicopter capable of overseeing operations, will use a boom system to contain oil spillages. Contaminated water can be pumped on board and analysed in a laboratory. The oil can then be separated and held in storage tanks or inflatable barges which can be towed behind the vessel to free up deck space.

Additional duties will be surveillance and law enforcement, anti smuggling and fishery protection, search and rescue, collecting data, and assistance with salvage and fire fighting.

Rolls-Royce propulsion, steering and stabilisation equipment on each ship will include: two Bergen B32 diesel engines, Two Kamewa Ulstein propeller plants, an Ulstein Aquamaster thruster, Tefjord steering gear, an Ulstein rudder, Rauma Brattvaag deckmachinery, Ulstein automation system and switchboards and Intering anti-roll stabilisation.

More than 50 Rolls-Royce designed vessels are in commercial service in India and about 60 operators have a total of 300 ships with Rolls-Royce equipment on board. The Indian Navy has also ordered a Syncrolift shiplift for the naval base at Karwar. The company also has more than 1,000 aero engines in service in India.