The car ferry vessel will operate on Lake Constance, Germany, and will feature twin eight-cylinder Series 4000 gas engines from MTU, each of which will deliver 746 KW. The vessel will be the first inland waterway passenger vessel in Europe to be propelled by straightforward high-speed gas engines. The fuel used will be LNG.
Representatives from both parties signed the cooperation agreement on 9 June 2017. The agreement covers a two-year trial of the propulsion system in the ferry under continuous service conditions with both partners collating data.
The CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Andreas Schell, said: “Gas engines for mobile applications form a core component of our Green and Hightech initiative. This flagship project is being realised on our local ferry service between the towns of Meersburg and Constance, which allows us to demonstrate the effectiveness of our new technology and set an international trend right on our doorstep. We firmly believe that in shipping, gas engines are set to play a pivotal role as a back-up to well-proven diesel engine technology.”
The Head of the Constance public utility, Norbert Reuter, added: “The first ships were steam-powered, then diesel engines took over for roughly a century, but now gas engines are to determine the course of marine propulsion in the future.
“The shuttle service we provide between Constance and Meersburg saves some 80 million km of road travel each year, and with this new ferry we are making our service even more ecologically sound.
“This cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce Power Systems marks the continuation of our partnership which now spans over 30 years. During this time we have shared our commitment to reducing emissions harmful to the environment and to strengthening Lake Constance as a region.
“Thanks to this partnership, we are assuming a pioneering role in the region of Lake Constance and beyond, since no passenger vessel on the inland waterways of Europe has yet achieved the certification we are striving for.”
Schell added: “Here on Lake Constance we are joining forces to set a standard for others in the industry to follow, which will gain us international recognition in the world of domestic shipping."
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