Rolls-Royce Wins USCG OPC Propulsion Contract

Offshore Partrol Cutter (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Posted by Michelle Howard

Rolls-Royce will provide an extensive range of
equipment, including MTU marine generator sets, to a new fleet of
U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (USCG

The Rolls-Royce equipment was selected by Eastern Shipbuilding
Group (ESG) Inc. for the USCG OPC fleet's first nine vessels,
with an option to add two more.

Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Sales &
Business Development - Naval, said: "The Offshore Patrol Cutter
is the U.S. Coast Guard's largest shipbuilding program and we are
extremely proud to be confirmed as a major supplier to Eastern
Shipbuilding Group on a project that will transform future
capability. This contract marks one of the most comprehensive
Rolls-Royce systems packages ever to be selected for a coast
guard vessel, and we're looking forward to delivering and
integrating our marine technology into this new and highly
capable ship."

Rolls-Royce will supply the USCG OPC fleet's controllable pitch
propellers (CPP), shaft lines and Promas rudders, which offer
increased propulsive efficiency and improved maneuverability. The
Promas rudder combined with the water soluble polyalkylene glycol
lubricant used in the CPP system delivers an efficient and
environmentally friendly propulsion solution. Rolls-Royce will
also supply bow thrusters, steering gear, fin stabilizers and MTU
marine generator sets.

Four EPA Tier 3 compliant MTU 12-cylinder Series 4000 (1000kW)
generator sets will provide each vessel with electrical and
loiter propulsion power. The units are Naval Vessel Rules (NVR)
certified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Mike Rizzo, Program Manager of Government Naval Vessels, MTU
America, said: "The selection of MTU power for the U.S. Coast
Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter fleet is another milestone in our
long-standing relationship with the U.S. military. Military
vessels are at sea for long periods of time, often battling
extreme conditions. Our advanced engineering, exceptional
reliability and proven fuel efficiency are what the U.S. Coast
Guard depends on. We are fully committed to the success of the
OPC program."

The new vessels will replace the USCG's fleet of Medium Endurance
Cutters, providing a capability bridge between the National
Security Cutter (NSC) fleet, which is equipped with Rolls-Royce
controllable pitch propellers and bow thrusters, and the Fast
Response Cutter (FRC) fleet, which operates closer to shore.

The new Offshore Patrol Cutters will be built at ESG's
shipbuilding facility in Panama City, Florida. Construction will
begin in 2018 with delivery of the first vessel scheduled for
2021. The US Coast Guard plans to build a total of 25 OPC ships.

This contract follows the recent announcement relating to the
supply of power and propulsion equipment for another major
multi-vessel governmental shipbuilding program, the US Navy's
John Lewis class. Rolls-Royce technology and equipment has been
selected for this 17 ship fleet of oilers which will
significantly increase the U.S. Navy's capability to transfer
fuel to its surface ships in operations around the globe.

Feb 28, 2017

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