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    Rolls-Royce design for world's most powerful OSV

    Vessel & ROV News // April 1, 2009

    Far Samson has demonstrated a continuous bollard pull of 423 tonnes.

    Described by designer Rolls-Royce as "the most powerful offshore vessel ever built," Far Samson, which was designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce, has entered service with Farstad Shipping in Norway, following a naming ceremony in Edinburgh.

    Rolls-Royce developed the UT 761 CD design, working closely with the shipowner.

    Far Samson has demonstrated a continuous bollard pull of 423 tonnes using all available power and more than 377 tonnes using the main propulsion system.

    Rolls-Royce President – Offshore, Anders Almestad said: “This vessel is truly a world class combination of high technology and new capabilities, pushing new boundaries in the offshore market.”

    Far Samson was built by STX Europe Langsten, Norway and incorporates a wide range of new technology.

    The vessel is multifunctional and capable of carrying out heavy ploughing operations for pipes and cables on the seabed, as well as subsea installation work in ultra deep water, towing, remote underwater (ROV) and other challenging subsea operations.

    The vessel can cut trenches in the seabed in water up to 1,000m deep, and is 121.5m long with a 26m beam, gross tonnage of 15,260 with a hull strengthened to Ice Class 1B, and is capable of more than 19 knots at top speed.

    A Rolls-Royce propulsion system combining diesel electric and diesel mechanical transmission provides optimal operating flexibility, fuel economy and minimum exhaust emissions.

    Far Samson is powered by Rolls-Royce diesel engines, which meet clean design class rules and catalytic converters are also fitted to the generator sets, giving a 95 per cent reduction in NOx.


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