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ROLLS-ROYCE WINS CONTRACT FOR TWO LNG TUGS IN CHINA

Rolls-Royce has won an order from the Chinese state oil company CNOOC to power Asia’s first natural gas powered tugs boats. The order is for two tugs to be built at the Zhenjiang shipyard in Jiangsu, China, with an option for an additional two. The first tug is planned for delivery by the end of 2014. Each tug will feature a pair of Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L9PG engines fueled purely by LNG. The Rolls-Royce power and propulsion systems package for each tug includes a pair of highly reliable Rolls-Royce US 205 CP azimuth thrusters to ensure the tugs have rapid maneuvering and strong bollard pull capabilities—essential for tug operation.