Global power systems company Rolls-Royce has signed a £20 million (USD 32.2 million) contract to supply lean-burn gas engines and propulsion equipment for four natural gas-fuelled ferries to be built for the Norwegian operator Torghatten Nord AS. Combined with other energy efficient technologies Rolls-Royce says a 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions can be achieved, compared to conventional vessels.
Oddbjørn Eliassen, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant said: “These ferries will combine a range of cutting edge technologies to deliver significant improvements in fuel efficiency and reductions in emissions.”
These ferries will serve two routes across Vestfjorden in Lofoten in the north of Norway, a stretch of water known for its harsh conditions. They will be built by the Remontowa Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland for delivery in the second half of 2012.
Rolls-Royce acknowledges liquefied natural gas (LNG) is set to become an important marine fuel of the future and has established itself as a supplier of gas-fuelled propulsion systems including the Bergen lean-burn engines, gas storage and handling equipment.
This item compiled using information from a Rolls-Royce press release.