Rolls-Royce to supply propulsion package for Malta’s new patrol vessel

8 March 2019 (Last Updated March 8th, 2019 16:55)

Rolls-Royce has received a contract to supply a marine propulsion package to an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).

Rolls-Royce to supply propulsion package for Malta’s new patrol vessel
The P71 OPV will be able to perform border control operations and other duties including search and rescue. Credit: Rolls-Royce plc.

Rolls-Royce has received a contract to supply a marine propulsion package to an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).

The contract was awarded by Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria, which is building the 1,800t displacement, 74.8m, twin-screw vessel called P71.

Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will supply a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thrusters and a TT100 stern thrusters.

The propulsion package to be installed on the vessel also includes Fin Stabilisers, and a touchscreen remote control system that incorporates CanMan Touch Joystick for all units.

In addition, the company will be responsible for integration of the various operation modes of hybrid diesel-electric-propulsion modes via a power take-in (PTI) for lower patrolling speeds of up to 12k.

The integration is aimed at reducing through-life operating costs.

Rolls-Royce Kamewa Naval propellers area sales manager Lars Johansson said: “Having supplied Cantiere Navale Vittoria with equipment for many of its smaller 40m patrol and coastguard vessels for which the yard is noted for, we are delighted to now assist the shipbuilder in meeting market demand for larger vessels.

“The propulsion systems the company will supply provide enhanced positioning capability, allowing close-range manoeuvres.”

“We are also delighted to further strengthen our cooperation with the Armed Forces of Malta, having assisted them over the years to maintain Kamewa water jets forming part of the propulsion system of two search-and-rescue launches.”

Set to be delivered next year, the P71 patrol vessel can be deployed to perform border control operations and other duties, including search-and-rescue, replenishment-at-sea and helicopter operations.

Cantiere Navale Vittoria sales director Luigi Chinappi said: “We specified the Rolls-Royce integrated systems package following an international tender. As the P71 has been designed to provide sustained, efficient operations for many years to come, the Rolls-Royce equipment will provide enhanced manoeuvrability capability to the vessel.

“The propulsion systems the company will supply provide enhanced positioning capability, allowing close-range manoeuvres.”

The portable Rolls-Royce CanMan Touch Joystick will enable navigating officers to manoeuvre the ship remotely from the bridge wings.