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    Rolls-Royce working on largest ever winch contract

    Equipment & Technology // June 15, 2006

    Rolls-Royce says it is currently working on what it has called its "largest ever" winch system contract, having received an order for a flexible pipe handling system, including five reels for flexible pipe storage.

    The system will be installed on a vessel for Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), which is being built under contract for charter to the US Military Sealift Command.

    The Offshore Petroleum Discharge System (OPDS) vessel is designed to provide rapid mobile transfer of fuel from offshore tankers to US military fuel storage facilities ashore when conventional fuel transfer facilities are unavailable.

    She will be able to deliver more than 1.7 million gallons of fuel in a 20-hour working day, to an onshore terminal that can be as far as eight miles away from the vessel.

    The system to be delivered by Rolls-Royce and IP Huse will provide safe handling for 13,000 metres of flexible pipes and has been developed by the company in close cooperation with Technip, who will provide the flexible pipes.

    The vessel, due for delivery in June 2007, has been designed by the ECO group subsidiary, North American Ship Building, and is being built at its yard in Larose.

    ECO’s contract with the US Navy Military Sealift command initially provides for a single system, but there is also an option for a second vessel, which could be exercised within one year of the delivery of the first vessel.

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