Rolls-Royce Acquires Marine Automation Company

By Ian Cameron02 December 2020

In a move which the company said will offer a “fully integrated bridge to propeller solution” for its customers Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems, a UK-based supplier of marine automation solutions for navies, commercial vessels and large yachts.

Representatives of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit and the company’s previous owner, the Indian engineering, procurement and construction projects, manufacturing, defence and services group Larsen & Toubro, signed the contracts on 1 December.

Rolls-Royce said that Servowatch, based in Heybridge, Essex, will significantly expand the ship automation division of the MTU product of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business.

“Servowatch’s modern and sophisticated range of automation and integrated bridge systems for government and commercial ships and large yachts is the ideal complement to continue to offer sophisticated total system solutions for marine propulsion systems and the entire ship automation sector,” said Andreas Schell, CEO Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

“Building on a state of the art automation platform and connecting it with our MTU SmartBridge and Digital Solutions we consequently follow our system strategy and being able to provide a fully integrated bridge-to-propeller-solution for our customers,” Schell added.

The new subsidary’s open automation systems will be fully integrated into MTU’s product range. “With our Bluevision and Callosum systems, we have positioned ourselves excellently in the market for ship automation over the past two and a half decades.

“We are the only engine manufacturer in the world that can also supply the electronic platform for monitoring and controlling the entire ship. With Servowatch, we will coRolls-Royce Acquires ntinue to expand this position and modernize our product portfolio,” claimed Knut Müller, Vice President of the Marine and Governmental Division of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit.

Servowatch employs approximately 35 people at its headquarters in Heybridge, with additional 11 people in India. Servowatch automation systems monitor and control the operation of numerous large ships, for example large yachts and government vessels – not only the propulsion system, but also numerous other functions such as heating and ventilation and power supply, said Rolls-Royce.

“Servowatch is completely complementary to what we do in marine automation,” Kevin Daffey Director Marine Systems & Automation at Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit said.

He added:”Our new family member is focused on ships generally powered by high speed diesel engines and an integrated system based around their world class Winmon9 software. The integration with MTU products will help us add more lifecycle services through on-board data collection and edge analytics to inform the ship’s crew about vessel performance“..

The commercial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

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