Rolls-Royce acquires Servowatch

Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems, the Essex-based international supplier of integrated marine automation solutions.

Servowatch employs 35 people at its headquarters in Heybridge, with an additional 11 in India. Servowatch automation systems monitor and control the operation of numerous large ships, including large yachts and government vessels.

"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.”

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 continue to expand this position and modernise our product portfolio," said Knut Müller, vice-president of the marine and governmental division of Rolls-Royce's Power Systems business unit.

"Servowatch is completely complementary to what we do in marine automation,” Kevin Daffey, director of marine systems and automation at Rolls-Royces’ Power Systems business unit said. “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 were not disclosed.

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