Rolls-Royce has completed a multi-million Euro upgrade and refurbishment of its thruster manufacturing plant in Rauma, Finland, creating one of the world’s most advanced propulsion facilities.
The decision to upgrade the facility was announced in 2016 and the refurbished site was officially opened on 22 January 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä.
“Our azimuth thrusters are one of our most important products – providing mission critical power and propulsion for some of the largest floating objects on the planet,” said Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President of Marine.
“The conclusion to this significant investment prepares us for future growth in this market –enabling us to produce our existing range of thrusters and develop new products more efficiently.”
The €57m upgrade included the complete rebuilding of the site’s production hall, along with the building of a new, 35m-high hall with 40t, 80t and 200t lift capacities for the manufacturing and testing of thruster units in all size ranges.
A renewed welding hall, six factory acceptance test (FAT) rigs, an integrated logistics centre and a main office complex also formed part of the extensive work scope.
“What we have created is a modern, state-of-the art thruster manufacturing hub that increases operational capacity, optimises production flow lines and delivers on our commitment to meeting our customers’ future requirements,” added Ulla Ylisäe, Rolls-Royce, Programme Manager, Rauma.
The new facility streamlines production and the simultaneous testing of a wide range of mechanical thrusters, including the US and UUC type azimuthing thrusters and newly launched Elegance pods.
Rolls-Royce Rauma produces a wide range of mechanical azimuth thrusters for use on a wide range of applications including semi-submersible drilling rigs and drillships, tugs and offshore vessels.
Rauma also produces thrusters for specialist vessels such as icebreakers and polar research ships.
Since the first azimuth thruster was developed from Rauma more than 50 years ago, Rolls-Royce thrusters have become the standard choice for customers demanding high levels of reliability, power and performance often in extremely challenging environments.