The construction of two new high-speed multipurpose vessels (UNPAV) for the Italian Navy has recently begun at Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard.
Rolls-Royce has won the contract to supply engines and waterjets to power and propel the two new vessels, which will be used by the Operational Incursion Group (Gruppo Operativo Incursori or G.O.I), the Special Forces of the Italian Navy, for maritime traffic control, combating human trafficking, counter terror and antipiracy operations and crisis evacuations.
Designed and built by Intermarine (Immsi Group), the new vessels will be more than 40 meters long, 8 meters wide and powered by three MTU 2000 series diesel engines connecting to three Kamewa S4 water jets.
Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, said, “We are proud to have been chosen to provide the best technologies for missions such as these. We invest to develop solutions best suited for just such complex naval operations as those undertaken by the GOI.”
The collaboration between Intermarine and Rolls-Royce continues with minesweeper programs, for which Rolls-Royce provides super-silent stainless steel controllable pitch propellers from Kamewa, driven by MTU engines designed to be anti-magnetic and highly shock resistant. Rolls-Royce will also provide Tenfjord type steering gear.
“In Rolls-Royce we have a partner dedicated to understanding the needs of our client and capable of very competitive solutions,” said Livio Corghi, CEO of Intermarine. “Intermarine designs and builds military vessels in composite materials, aluminum and steel. The company’s composite Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) are globally renowned and its fast patrol boats have been supplied to many of the most important navies in the world.”