By Andy Sambidge
Agreement will see power systems firm supply water jets for patrol boats.
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has announced an order to supply 24 lightweight waterjets for the UAE Navy’s fleet of fast patrol boats.
The UAE Navy has ordered 12 new fast patrol boats, based on the proven Ghannatha Class fast troop transport vessel. These are currently under construction by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with the first due to enter service in 2012.
Jay Dagher, Rolls-Royce naval marine regional manager - Middle East, North Africa and Latin America said: “We are proud that the UAE Navy has again chosen our technology for their latest vessels. This latest order underscores the strength of our relationship with both the UAE Navy and ADSB.”
“There are already 150 Rolls-Royce waterjets in service across the region and this order further increases our presence in this important market. In response to this growth, and to provide in-service support for our growing customer base, we are working with ADSB to establish a waterjet service centre in Abu Dhabi.”
Each vessel will be equipped with two Kamewa FF600 waterjets, designed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce. The waterjets are fitted with interceptors to enable tighter turning capability, better stability and to reduce fuel consumption.
The order also includes a joystick control system that will improve the manoeuvring capability of the vessels.
The new vessels, measuring 26.5 metres in length, are being constructed from aluminium and the waterjets will enable a maximum speed in excess of 35 knots.
Kamewa waterjets power a range of vessels from the smallest inshore craft to the largest ocean going vessels. Rolls-Royce advanced pump technology gives enhanced pulling thrust at lower speeds and the lightweight aluminium construction reduces overall vessel weight to offer higher speeds with improved fuel economy.
Rolls-Royce supplies 70 navies with products ranging from gas turbines and diesel engines, to propulsion, motion control and electrical systems, and has a growing network of marine service facilities in 34 countries.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Al Taif is already capable of providing the maintenance on the engines.