Press Release – Napier Turbochargers Ltd

Napier Turbochargers are powering the OAR Project!

Napier Turbochargers Ltd are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the OAR Project – a world first attempt for two ocean rowers, Andrew Morris and Roz Savage to cross the North Atlantic then continue to London via the UK’s inland waterways, arriving in time for the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Napier Turbochargers are no strangers to the harsh conditions of the ocean, as they produce high quality, robust products capable of reliable operation in the marine, power generation and rail industries. Plus Napier’s tradition of world-class engineering has allowed them to achieve an unrivalled pedigree in the area of land, sea and air speed records.

While the ocean rowing boat is much smaller and slower than the vessels which normally use Napier’s products, the challenge of taking on the treacherous North Atlantic is no different.

Gary Rodgers, Commercial Director of Napier Turbochargers said “At Napier Turbochargers, we know just how tough life at sea can be, and fully understand the magnitude of the challenge that Andrew and Roz are undertaking.

We are proud to be associated with such a unique adventure and feel it underpins our company values on many levels. The detail of planning and preparation for any ocean crossing is crucial, and the execution requires physical strength and mental endurance beyond the limits of most individuals. Andrew and Roz are a great example of what can be achieved if you really want to do something and are prepared to put the work into it.

They’re also excellent role models for future generations and in addition to rowing across the North Atlantic, the educational element to this challenge, combined with the legacy fleet of rowing boats they hope to buy for young people really made this project stand out for us. We wish them all the best.”

Andrew Morris from the OAR Project told us “We’re thrilled to have the backing of Napier Turbochargers as our first Silver Sponsor and we’re looking forward to working with them over the coming months. Projects like OAR can only take place with the generous support of companies like Napier, but the lasting impact goes much further than the financial contribution – both for the sponsor and those following the adventure.”

For further details about the OAR Project, please visit their website at or contact UK Project Manager, Rachel Smith on 07977 452 337.




UK Press Office                                       US Press Office
Rachel Smith                                            Naomi Coe
07977 452 337                                         415 361 0801

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Notes to Editors:

Napier Turbochargers Ltd is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of highly efficient industrial turbochargers. Over the last 60 years the Napier brand has built a reputation based on quality, reliability and customer service.

With this experience, Napier have produced in excess of 50,000 turbochargers with applications in the Marine, Power Generation and Rail industries with turbochargers running on fuels ranging from marine diesel oil and natural gas to varying qualities of HFO and landfill gas, operating in a range of climates and environmental conditions.

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The OAR Project is a world first in ocean rowing. Andrew Morris and Roz Savage, both experienced ocean rowers will cross 2,500 miles of the treacherous North Atlantic before continuing up the Bristol Channel and all the way to London via the UK’s inland waterways. They will set off in May 2012 and aim to arrive in London in time for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

What sets this ocean rowing project apart is that in addition to the incredible physical and mental challenge, the OAR Project will be running an educational program for schools across the UK. Designed to bring the positive aspects of endeavor, courage and challenge right into the classroom, a series of lesson plans to generate discussions have been developed in conjunction with educational professionals.

The OAR Project also aims to raise £100,000 to supply a legacy fleet of rowing boats. Targeted for able bodied and disabled young people to use, the fleet will enable those who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to try out rowing to get involved. It also provides a unique and long lasting aspect to the row that will benefit the sponsors involved.

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