Rolls-Royce to provide innovative fish transporter vessel

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won its first order for a new ship developed specifically for transporting live fish. Norwegian ship owner Sølvtrans AS, the world’s largest transporter of live fish, is the first customer for this advanced, fuel efficient vessel.

In order to transport live fish efficiently and in a healthy condition, customers require spacious, temperature controlled tanks in the hold of the ship.  This new, specifically tailored design makes that possible.

Monrad Hide, Rolls-Royce, General Manager - Fishing Vessels said: “The live fish carrying market is a growing one. This order demonstrates how our advanced ship designs can be tailored to specific purposes while retaining the world-leading features of fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and environmental performance.”

“This vessel marks a new era for this specialist segment of the fishing industry and we’re delighted that Sølvtrans has chosen our design and equipment.”

The new Rolls-Royce NVC 386 design incorporates the Group’s latest developments in hull design to ensure fuel efficiency, cost-effective operations and stability. The vessel features an advanced diesel-electric propulsion system including two Bergen C 6 diesel engines and a hybrid shaft generator which significantly reduces energy consumption on board.

Rolls-Royce designs and equips an extensive range of vessel types for the fishing industry ranging from large freezer trawlers to longliners and bulk carrying vessels. There are currently more than 100 Rolls-Royce designed vessels operating in global fishing fleets.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on the living quarters and working environment for the crew.  In order to enhance crew comfort during long periods at sea, the NVC 386 features eight single cabins, a fitness centre and a sauna.

The vessel will be built at the Zamakona shipyard in Spain, with expected delivery in mid 2013.

  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 more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers. 
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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.
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