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Old 3rd May 2009, 13:25   #1
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Default Test Drive Report : 73m long Rolls Royce powered ship

Sorry it's not a car but a ship with Rolls Royce propulsion and steering.
Boarded at San Jacinto island, Goa at 6 in the morning. Took it out past the harbour and into the sea. Headed south till Cavelossim and then turned back and headed north to Baga. Tested everything. Engine, steering, thrusters and all the equipment. Took it to max speed and did a number of 360 degree turns at full speed. Could not test the brakes as there were none.

Mods please shift this to the correct section, if it does not belong here.

1.Main engine control panel.(The lever is in maximum ahead position-full speed).
Test Drive Report : 73m long Rolls Royce powered ship-02052009018.jpg

2.Close up of the same.
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3.Mr.Gaspar steering using the joystick. The lever on the far left is the bow thruster control. On the right is the Gyro Compass and autopilot (automatic steering).
Test Drive Report : 73m long Rolls Royce powered ship-02052009020.jpg

4.Close up of the steering control. The 2 green lights on the top indicate both the steering motors are on. Power steering. There's no steering wheel though most ships generally have one just like a car.
Test Drive Report : 73m long Rolls Royce powered ship-02052009021.jpg

5.Rudder position indicator. Rudder is used to steer the ship. It's a huge flap like the aircraft tail but under water. Same function.
Test Drive Report : 73m long Rolls Royce powered ship-02052009022.jpg

6.Bridge console (Dashboard). The screen on the right is the radar. The empty slot on the left is for the electronic chart (like maps in car navigation systems). There's another radar screen to the left of it (not visible). The other units on the right (like double DIN units) are GPS, Echo sounder (depth indicator), AIS (Automatic Identification system)-transmits the ships identity and reads the identity of other ships, the keyboard next to the phone is for the radar, the other wall mounted handset is the VHF Radio. The gauges to the left of the radar are for engine RPM, propeller pitch and various pressures.
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7.View while driving
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8.View from rear (No rear view mirrors)
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9.Front (Bow) view. The chain is the anchor cable.
Test Drive Report : 73m long Rolls Royce powered ship-02052009028.jpg

10.Rear (Stern) view. Veendijk (pronounced Veendyk) is the ships name and Groningen is the port (in Netherlands) where she is registered. Actually she's not yet registered but will be in a few days.
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11.Rescue boat.
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From Areo to Marine to Uber Luxo Land Barges. Rolls rules!!
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Somebody pinch me!Cant believe what I just read here!

You took that thing to max speed and did a 3 6 0 degree thing? Amazing !

Please post more about it. You a sailor/captain?
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Now we have seen everything here!

From a Boeing aircraft review to now a ship!!!

So what is the full speed of this guy? In (K)MPH please.

And the question, before anyone asks, what is the mileage!

And for your query to the mods, I guess they themselve will be scratching their head over where to put this!
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nice pics dude! This really has "road" prescence!

Mileage kya?

cheers

EDIT: dammit, happywheels beat me to it!
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Only the train and space shuttle reviews are now pending
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And what kind of ICE you have down there
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Only the train and space shuttle reviews are now pending

Have driven a train. Electric one 4 years back. Loved the pick up
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Somebody pinch me!Cant believe what I just read here! You took that thing to max speed and did a 3 6 0 degree thing? Amazing ! Please post more about it. You a sailor/captain?
Doing the 360 is a part of the testing procedure to check the turning radius. Normally we either use less steering and do it at reduced speed when taking turns in normal operation. I'm a Captain.

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Now we have seen everything here! From a Boeing aircraft review to now a ship!!! So what is the full speed of this guy? In (K)MPH please. And the question, before anyone asks, what is the mileage!
Full speed is around 25 KMPH. Milege well you have to calculate. It consumes about 9Tons (9000 Kg) a day which is about 10,000 litres per day. 600Km per day. So milege is about 0.06KMPL. That's very fuel efficient compared to my last ship which consumed 23 Tons per day. Of course she was about 10 times the size of this one.

Mods please excuse the back to back posts. Actually the previous one should have been a part of the photos. If you can please edit and put it along with the snaps.

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Is the engine a gas turbine or a piston engine?
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One more question: Where was she made?
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Amazing stuff !!
Thanks for sharing. If u have more about it please keep them coming.
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One more question: Where was she made?
The ship was built in Goa itself. Most of the machinery and equipment is from Norway (Rolls Royce marine division is a Norwegian company, not British). Some of the equpment like radars, radio's etc are Japanese.

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Is the engine a gas turbine or a piston engine?
Normal Piston Engine. Didn't get much time to check the Engine and get pictures. I'll post as soon as I have them

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Thanks. Will keep posting. There are a total of 26 ships like these on order. 8 have been delivered to the owners. They are coming out at the rate of approximately 1 a month.
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Can you post a photo of the view from the driving position? (I see wiper heaters) What about seating for the driver?
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Whoa! Test drive report of a SHIP!

How powerful is the engine/engines? Some thousand BHP's?
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