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THE GLOBAL MAGAZINE FOR MARINE CUSTOMERS ISSUE 26 2015

LEAN THINKING

INSIDE THE REVOLUTIONARY ‘LEAN RORO’ CONCEPT

BLADE RUNNERS

NEW UT VESSEL DESIGN TO SERVICE OFFSHORE WINDFARM MARKET INSIDE

M A R I N E N E W S A N D D E V E L O P M E N T S / T E C H N O L O G Y / U P D AT E S / C U S T O M E R S U P P O R T

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TODAY’S CHALLENGES DRIVE TOMORROW’S OPPORTUNITIES MIKAEL MÄKINEN, PRESIDENT – MARINE, ROLLS-ROYCE

The resilience of those in our industry comes to the fore when times are tough. Even in a time of market challenges, Rolls-Royce is looking to the future by increasing its investment in research and development

The past year and a half has been extremely challenging for us all, and while the impact of low oil prices has forced many companies to act rapidly in adjusting the shape of their businesses or the scale of their investments today, it has also forced a more detailed look into the future. For Rolls-Royce, the future provides a wealth of opportunity. Global population growth will drive the demand for power, for travel and for the shipment of goods, and against that backdrop, the maritime industry will play its part in supporting that growth and meeting the demands of a growing world. In recent years, we’ve been transforming our Marine business, doing all the things any responsible business should do – reducing costs, cutting out waste and generally going about business in an increasingly efficient way. But in recent months, and with our eyes

fixed firmly on the future, we’re also increasing our investment in research and development. Innovation is part of our DNA at Rolls-Royce, and while we, like many of you, are navigating our way through difficult waters, we’re committed to developing the technology of tomorrow. That’s why we’ll be significantly increasing our investment in research and development over the next two years, with a focus on ship intelligence and the use of big data in our products. These areas will allow our customers to monitor and manage their assets in real time, and get the best return on investment. Clean, efficient and intelligent ships are likely to form a growing proportion of the world’s fleets, and we’re investing more in developing smart systems. So, while taking the time to focus on what the future of shipping will look like is not only a

THE GLOBAL MAGAZINE FOR MARINE CUSTOMERS ISSUE 26 2015

LEAN THINKING

INSIDE THE REVOLUTIONARY ‘LEAN RORO’ CONCEPT

BLADE RUNNERS

NEW UT VESSEL DESIGN TO SERVICE OFFSHORE WINDFARM MARKET INSIDE

M A R I N E N E W S A N D D E V E L O P M E N T S / T E C H N O L O G Y / U P D AT E S / C U S T O M E R S U P P O R T

COVER: Rolls-Royce has designed a new family of flexible UT support vessels to service the growing offshore wind energy market.

welcome break from today’s market challenges, it also helps us to shape how we’ll meet the needs of our customers in a substantially different way than we do now. Today’s market conditions also make us think about how we best deploy our resources. We’ve had some recent success, particularly in the field of designing advanced ships. Our ship design heritage predominantly lies in the field of offshore vessels, but we’ve taken that experience and expertise to open up new market opportunities. One of those is in offshore wind energy, which is now beginning to move increasingly into deeper waters. We’ve recently designed our first support vessel for this exciting market, taking the best of our UT design and adapting it for a different but equally demanding operation.  You can read more about how we’re serving this sector in this issue. 03

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