Rolls-Royce wins first order for award-winning Environship

Monday, 3 October 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received its first order for vessels based on the Group’s award-winning, highly efficient, Environship concept.  Rolls-Royce will design and provide integrated power and propulsion systems for two technologically advanced cargo vessels, which have been purchased by Norwegian transportation company, Nor Lines AS.

These highly efficient ships incorporate a striking wave piercing bow, world leading gas powered engines and an innovative Promas propulsion system, which combined, significantly improve the overall performance of the vessel - increasing fuel efficiency by up to 18 per cent.  It also provides numerous environmental benefits, including the virtual elimination of SOx and reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 40 per cent compared to similar conventional vessels.

The two Rolls-Royce NVC 405 cargo vessels will be built at the Tsuji Heavy Industries ship yard in Jiangsu, China. The vessels will enter service from October 2013, operating along the West Coast of Norway.
Toralf Ekrheim, Nor Lines, CEO said: “We have had a fruitful cooperation with Rolls-Royce  for more than two years, developing vessels that are tailor made for our trade and incorporate the latest award-winning energy saving and emission reducing features.”

Oddbjørn Eliassen, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant said: “The Environship concept is a transformational development for merchant shipping, offering significant reductions in fuel burn and emissions, as well as enhanced performance at sea.

“This order demonstrates that customers are embracing more environmentally friendly ship designs and technology.  Rolls-Royce is best placed to provide ship designs and integrated power and propulsion systems that deliver tangible improvements in operational efficiency and ship performance, along with a significant reduction in environmental impact.”

The contract is for two ships, and includes options to build an additional two vessels of the same design. Rolls-Royce is already using the Environship concept to develop a wide range of other efficient ship designs, including passenger ferries, chemical tankers, gas tankers, bulk carriers, and superyachts.

Key facts about the Environship

  • The Rolls-Royce Environship concept, received the prestigious Next Generation Ship Award at this year’s NorShipping event in Oslo, Norway.
  • The Rolls-Royce Bergen B-Series lean burn gas engines, as used in the Environship, emit around 17 per cent less CO2 (per unit of power) than a diesel engine.
  • The use of gas fuelled engines means that Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions are reduced by about 90 per cent while Sulphur Oxide (SOx) emissions are negligible.
  • These emissions are already within the limits of IMO (International Maritime Organisation) Tier III environmental legislation, due to come into force in 2016.
  • The Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion system is an integrated rudder and propeller, which alone improves efficiency of the vessel by 5 to 8 per cent.
  • The new innovative bow shape and hull form, designed by Rolls-Royce, also reduce resistance by up to 8 per cent, therefore reducing fuel burn and emissions further.
  • The vertical bow shape enables the vessel to maintain speed even in rough seas enabling operators to achieve demanding shipping schedules without the need to burn additional fuel to make up lost time.
  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were over £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries.  Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research. 
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 9,000 people in 35 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
  9. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in marine solutions, providing products, service and expertise to more than 30,000 vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval surface and submarine markets. It designs ships and its product range includes propulsion systems featuring diesel engines and gas turbines, propellers, thrusters and water jets. Rolls-Royce also provides manoeuvring and stabilising systems and deck machinery. 

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