Rolls-Royce buys UK supplier of ship control systems
Servowatch Systems, a UK-based international supplier of integrated marine automation solutions for navies, commercial vessels and large yachts, has been acquired by Rolls-Royce.
The purchase of Servowatch, based in Essex, will significantly expand the ship automation division of the MTU product and solution brand of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business. MTU systems power yachts, provide energy and offer complete life-cycle support.
Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power System, said:
“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.
“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.”
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, and will be fully integrated into MTU’s product range.
Knut Müller, vice president of the Marine and Governmental Division of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit, commented:
“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 continue to expand this position and modernize our product portfolio.”
Servowatch employs around 35 people at its headquarters in Heybridge, with an additional 11 people in India.
Kevin Daffey, Director Marine Systems & Automation at Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit, commented:
“Servowatch is completely complementary to what we do in marine automation “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 acquisition of Servowatch products into the Rolls Royce branding means that development, growth and customer service can be the focus.
Wayne Ross, managing director of Servowatch Systems, said:
“The team at Servowatch are very pleased and proud to be joining Rolls-Royce Power Systems and see very positively the synergy of products, also the focus on innovation and customer service, that is the recognised hallmark of Rolls-Royce globally.
“We look forward to contributing our efforts and products to the group, also to our further development as a business unit, under Rolls-Royce ownership.”