Significant investment continues in the technologies that address the need for more efficient and environmentally sustainable power and propulsion systems. Proven experience in using LNG as a marine fuel spans over five years, with a growing number of Rolls-Royce LNG powered ships at sea.
Innovative vessel designs match gas propulsion to low-drag hull designs and energy saving systems. This track-record recently led to propulsion system contracts for the world’s first LNG powered tugs.
This successful design and systems integration approach was recently validated with an order from NorLines for two award-winning NVC 405 design short sea roro vessels.
They incorporate wave-piercing hull features for improve seakeeping, a liquid natural gas engine and an integrated rudder and propeller system, which in combination can reduce fuel consumption, and cut CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to conventional vessels.
As the offshore industry continues to explore ever deeper waters, like those in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil, the growing capabilities that Rolls-Royce has in these highly skilled areas means that we will continue to be a strong partner for our customers with regards to offshore oil and gas exploration, production, service and support.
In the naval sector power and propulsion equipment continues to be delivered for the UK’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. In the U.S. the MT30, the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine has been selected to power a further ten US Navy Littoral Combat Ships of the Lockheed Martin design. Propulsion power is provided by four Kamewa waterjets.
Capabilities are tailored to individual markets. For the naval market a naval ship design team has now been established to provide innovative patrol craft and replenishment/support vessel and systems designs.