Rolls-Royce will supply a marine propulsion package to a new offshore patrol vessel under construction for the armed forces of Malta.
The 1800-ton displacement, 74.8 m twin-screw vessel will incorporate a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, fin stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the CanMan Touch Joystick for all units.
Rolls-Royce will also be integrating the various operation modes of the hybrid diesel-electric-propulsion modes via a power take-in (PTI) for lower patrolling speeds of up to 12 knots. The contract is with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria.
â€œThis is a significant order from a long-standing customer of Rolls-Royce,â€ said Lars Johansson, Rolls-Royce Area Sales Manager, Kamewa Naval Propellers. â€œHaving supplied Cantiere Navale Vittoria with equipment for many of its smaller 40-m 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. Vittoria intends to be a significant player in this market.â€
Luigi Chinappi, Cantiere Navale Vittoria sales director, said the company specified the Rolls-Royce integrated systems package following an international tender
â€œAs 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,â€ Chinappi said. â€œThe propulsion systems the company will supply provide enhanced positioning capability, allowing close-range manoeuvres.â€
The vessel will be designed to conduct border control operations in addition to other duties such as search and rescue, replenishment-at-sea and helicopter operations.
When delivered in 2020, P71 (Hull No. C.0890) will be the largest patrol vessel to emerge from the Vittoria shipyard and the flagship of the AFM complementing OPV P61 Saettia-Class patrol vessel, fulfilling AFMâ€™s requirement for a vessel with greater endurance, sea-keeping and manoeuvring capabilities and improved life-cycle costs, including fuel consumption and maintenance.