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Rolls-Royce to supply LNG propulsion system for cargo carrier

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Rolls-Royce has announced that it has signed a US$6.5 million contract with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey to supply an LNG propulsion package for a cargo carrier designed by NSK Ship Design. The vessel is being constructed for the Norwegian ship owner, NSK Shipping, and will deliver fish food on BioMar Group’s behalf. It will be 81.5 m long, and will be capable carrying 2700 t of fish food to farms located on the coast of Norway. The vessel is expected to be delivered in 2017.

The propulsion system consists of: an eight cylinder Bergen C26:33 natural gas engine rated at 2160 kW; a tunnel thruster in the bow and another in the aft; a Promas combined rudder and propeller system; and a Roll-Royce automation and DP system. In addition to this, the vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce hybrid shaft generator (HSG) propulsion system, which will allow the main engine to generate electricity for the vessel, even if engine power output varies. The HSG is also capable of serving as a propulsion motor (PTI) in the case of LNG becoming unavailable.

The vessel will be a slightly larger version of NSK Shipping’s MS Høydal, which was delivered from Tersan Shipyard in 2012 and was the world’s first LNG-powered cargo vessel. It too was designed by NSK Ship Design.

Kristian Høydal, the Managing Director of NSK Shipping, said: “We are proud to be trusted once again by BioMar to deliver their finished product to the fish farming industry and to be able to work with Rolls-Royce on the delivery of a more environmentally friendly and effective LNG powered vessel.”

The Managing Director of NSK Ship Design, Kjartan Karlsen, said: “We are thrilled that our designs have contributed to the use of LNG in powering cargo vessels, therefore reducing carbon footprints. We commend NSK Shipping and Rolls Royce for being at the helm of a more sustainable industry.”

The President Offshore and Merchant Solutions of Roll-Royce, Helge Gjerde, added: “BioMar and NSK Shipping invest in modern technology that helps reduce fuel costs and environmental footprint. They are among the absolute frontrunners in the area of short sea shipping.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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