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One of the world’s most innovative offshore vessels, designed by
Rolls-Royce, was delivered to its owner today.

Olympic Shipping’s Olympic Octopus, which embodies the latest thinking in offshore anchor handlers for worldwide operation, was delivered by Aker Yards in Søviknes, Norway, and will operate in the Mediterranean on long term contract to BP.

As well as having an efficient hull to reduce fuel consumption, the vessel incorporates a full range of new equipment developed by Rolls-Royce to increase crew safety on deck, and improve living conditions through reduced noise and vibration.

Rolls-Royce also supplied the Bergen B-series main engines, which have been further developed to increase power and reduce emissions, while the control systems have been improved and simplified.

Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce President – Offshore, said: “Olympic Shipping’s new vessel is designed to set a standard for the future in terms of environment and safety. It is Clean class which cuts emissions and environmental impact, and is the first ship to fully use three important new Rolls-Royce product developments – equipment for safer deck operations, the company’s own dynamic positioning system and rim drive thruster technology.”

Stig Remøy, head of Olympic Shipping, said: “We chose the UT 712 L design because it is seen internationally as a solid workhorse that is attractive to charterers. At the same time, the equipment package will meet the future needs of the North Sea oil and gas industry, which tends to set the standard for other parts of the world.

We are based in Fosnavåg on the west coast of Norway, at the centre of a strong cluster of ship designers, equipment suppliers, shipyards and vessel operators. Competitiveness is the key to successful shipowning, and by balancing risk and reward we can not only offer oil companies vessels that meet their future requirements, but also encourage designers and suppliers to innovate.

The Safer Deck operations equipment illustrates this. The two traveling cranes with their arms and manipulators, and the associated shark jaws and other items will handle chains and wires under load, reducing the risk to our crew when they are working on deck. The movements of this system, resembling the flexible arms of an octopus, which also gave us the inspiration for the ship’s name.”

Olympic Octopus is classed as an anchorhandling tug supply vessel with 16,000 horsepower. The hull incorporates a bulbous bow and the lines are designed for efficiency and low motions under all operating conditions. Ice 1C and Clean class have been specified.

The type name UT 712 L originated in the 1980s, and has been retained for Olympic Octopus because the UT 712 concept has proved a definitive type in this section of the global AHTS market. There are, however, enormous advances in all areas compared with early vessels.

On an overall length of 78.3m and a beam of 17.2m, Olympic Octopus has a working deck area of 510m2. All the normal supplies can be carried, and there is tank space for 1,000m3 of recovered oil in connection with antipollution activities.

The vessel can act in a safety standby role with a 280-person survivor capacity. For anchor handling and towing there is a two drum Rauma Brattvaag hydraulic main winch rated at 400 tonnes pull, and a 138 tonne-pull secondary winch.

Power is provided by two Bergen B32:40V12P main engines turning CP propellers in nozzles. There are four thrusters: three tunnel side thrusters and an azimuth swing up unit, all rated at 883 kW. One of the tunnel thrusters is the first application of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Rim Drive thruster technology.

The ship meets IMO DP2 requirements for dynamic positioning, and is the first to have the full Rolls-Royce DP2 system, working in conjunction with the latest advances in automation and control.

For further information, please contact


Arnfinn Ingjerd, Vice President, Communications - Marine, Rolls-Royce plc
E-mail: arnfinn.ingjerd@rolls-royce.com
Phone: +47 70 01 42 17, mobile: +47 90 52 10 65
Fax: +47 70 01 40 05

Bjørn Kvalsund, Managing Director, Olympic Shipping AS
E-mail: bjorn.kvalsund@olympic.no
Phone: +47 70 08 12 04, mobile: +47 90 54 35 42
Fax: +47 70 08 12 01