Rolls-Royce scores its biggest subsea contract

Subsea construction vessel, the Aker Wayfarer will receive a complete module handling system, include a complete tower structure and deepwater lifting system, from Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce scores its biggest subsea contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded its largest single subsea vessel contract ever.

The company will supply a complete module handling system to the Aker Wayfarer, a 157m long, 16,000t subsea construction vessel. The contract is with Ocean Yield ASA and is worth £24 million.

The Aker Wayfarer was constructed by Vard Søviknes back in 2010 and is now ready to undergo project modification work at the Myklebust Verft yard in Norway, which is owned by Kleven. The vessel is under long-term charter with AKOFS Offshore.

The vessel’s modifications will allow for the deepwater installation and retrieval of subsea equipment; subsea trees and modules, including subsea manifolds and structures.

"Myklebust Verft's location, in the very heart of the maritime cluster on the North West coast of Norway, is a great advantage for all parties involved in the project, and this serves as a great example of local cooperation between Kleven, Vard and Rolls-Royce,” explained Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.

Rolls-Royce’s automated handling system will include a complete tower structure, deepwater lifting system and skid system, as well as controls and power units. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in the first part of 2016.

John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce President Commercial Marine, stated: "This a very important contract for Rolls-Royce and it shows that the offshore industry has taken yet another step in accepting the superior performance of synthetic fibre ropes for lifting operations in deep and ultra-deep waters."

A similar Rolls-Royce system was installed onboard the Skandi Santos, a subsea equipment support vessel operated by AKOFS. Santos has been contracted to Petrobas for nearly half a decade. 


by Laura Stackhouse Editor

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