On November 05, Rolls-Royce opened a new, custom built, 2100m2 service facility at the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The centre is a partnership between Rolls-Royce and the shipyard.
Las Palmas’ position in the Atlantic allows Rolls-Royce and Astican to enhance their support to rig and drillship owners undertaking ongoing exploration, production and development operations in Europe, Africa and the Americas. The centre will also service future growth in the offshore supply and service market as well as the fisheries sector.
The centre gives shipowners and operators easy access to the facilities and expertise needed to service and overhaul the complete Rolls-Royce product range. This includes the ability simultaneously to recondition up to six Azimuth thruster units. Customers can also benefit from Astican's extensive ship repair and conversion facilities.
Andy Marsh , Rolls-Royce, President Services - Marine, said: "The Canary Islands are an important location for the offshore industry and this new facility and our partnership with Astican will allow us to get closer to our customers and give them an unparalleled level of service, helping them get the most from their vessels."
Antonio Germán Suárez, President of Astican, said: "By offering a full vessel overhaul capability in one location customers will benefit from an integrated approach. We believe that will bring more business to the Astican Shipyard and benefit both Rolls-Royce and Astican.”
Luis Ibarra, President of the Port Authority, said: “We strongly believe that this centre will help make the Port of Las Palmas a one-stop-shop for the offshore industry’s service and overhaul needs as well as an attractive place for other complementary equipment manufacturers to invest in new facilities. This will help create jobs and wealth for the Islands.”
Las Palmas is the latest member of the Rolls-Royce worldwide network of over 30 service centres.
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