Rolls-Royce has signed a co-operation agreement with Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, to improve its service in the wake of increasing demand in the rig and drillship industry.
As part of the agreement, Astican will construct a 2,100m² service facility for Rolls-Royce, which will help the former to service and upgrade its products, including the reconditioning of up to six Azimuth thruster units at the same time.
Rolls-Royce Marine Services Europe & Africa senior vice-president Knut Hovland said: "The Canary Islands is an important location for the offshore industry and this new partnership will allow us to deliver an unparalleled level of service and skill to our customers.
"The core business is rigs and drillships, but we see a growth in the offshore supply and service market and the fisheries segment for the coming years."
The new service centre at the crossroads of the Atlantic that connects Europe, Africa and America will be supported by Astican’s ship repair facilities.
The deal will help Rolls-Royce to offer better service for operators with on-going exploration, production and development operations in these regions, the company stated.
This collaboration aims to bring more activities to the Astican Shipyard and the service centre to deliver better access of Rolls-Royce expertise to customers.
On the other hand, Rolls-Royce aims to make more partnerships with shipyards worldwide in a bid to deliver better services.