According to Rolls-Royce, the new 2,100-m2 facility will enhance the service capabilities of both parties and the cooperation will meet the growing demand from drillship and rig owners.
Antonio German Suarez, Astican President, commented:
"We are delighted to join with a reputable partner such as Rolls-Royce in this new venture. We strongly believe that this agreement will help recognize the Port of Las Palmas as a one-stop-shop for the offshore industry in West Africa. Furthermore, this is a positive signal to other complementary equipment manufacturers that Las Palmas is an attractive place for facility investment."
The capabilities of the new service center will include the simultaneous reconditioning of up to six azimuth thruster units.
According to Knut Hovland, Rolls-Royce Senior VP Marine Services Europe & Africa, the new cooperation will allow his company to deliver an unparalleled level of service and skill to its customers.
He was delighted with the relationship with Astican, a leading ship repair yards in the region, and added:
"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. Rolls-Royce will be able to provide Original Equipment Manufacturer services to all these sectors."