Rolls-Royce Press Release:
Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Canada is expanding its supply chain to meet the significant opportunities created by the recently initiated Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program.
The company is inviting around 30 potential suppliers and partners from across Canada to its Peterborough Naval Marine Centre of Excellence in Ontario on 25 January 2017 in order to understand better their respective competencies and how these might be combined to best meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Government.
Bruce Lennie, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Business Development & Government Affairs. said: “We recognize the strength of Canadian Engineering and technological expertise and believe that there is scope to utilize this strength in our Marine supply chain to support the forthcoming Canadian Surface Combatant Program.
“We strongly believe that the event on the 25th will benefit all parties, allowing Rolls-Royce further to develop and expand its Canadian Supply Chain creating valuable business for our partners, as well as further enhancing and growing the already substantial economic and technological benefits which Rolls-Royce contributes to the Canadian economy.”
Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Canada and its partners already produce world leading complex naval handling systems which are in use around the world. The company was the first to provide an integrated complex Mission Bay Handling System into a Major Combatant Program when it was chosen for the UK’s Type 26 Frigate the Global Combat Ship.
The CSC project will renew the Royal Canadian Navy’s surface combat fleet by replacing the capabilities provided by the destroyers (Iroquois-class) and the multi-role patrol frigates (Halifax-class). It is the largest and most complex shipbuilding initiative in Canada since World War II.
About the Mission Bay Handling System
The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System is one of the critical features which sets the Global Combat Ship apart from comparable vessels.
Designed with modularity and flexibility in mind the Mission Bay Handling System allows the use of a wide range of payloads; everything from disaster relief stores through to surface and underwater vehicles, or high-speed special boats for maritime security. Naval vessels have long service lives, so the system can be developed and adapted to handle payloads as yet unanticipated by naval customers.
The innovative design also enables the safe launch and recovery of vehicles from both sides of the ship in conditions up to sea state 6. The Rolls-Royce system enables the self-loading of the mission bay without the need for a dockside crane. As a result ship’s crew can rapidly load from any port in the world. Once on board the system’s telescopic luffing boom unit allows safe and efficient management of the equipment being stored and deployed.
The system uses proven technology derived from the company’s experience of meeting the demanding requirements of the North Sea’s offshore oil and gas industry.
About Rolls-Royce Canada
Rolls-Royce is celebrating its 70th year in Canada in 2017. The company employs approximately 1200 people in six provinces across Canada – undertaking both high technology manufacturing and sustainment activities in its Civil and Defence Aerospace, Marine (Commercial and Naval) and Nuclear businesses.
Rolls-Royce’s Canadian supplier base is valued at approximately Canadian $150 Million per annum.