Norwegian ferry company Fjord1 has selected Rolls-Royce’s first automatic crossing system to power two of its new double-ended battery ferries.

The two ferries will be deployed in the route between Anda and Lote, located along the west coast of Norway.

Rolls-Royce’s new crossing system, which automatically controls vessels' acceleration, deceleration, speed, and track, ensures a safe and energy-efficient journey.

"The Automatic Crossing System has been developed with the company’s Ship Intelligence programme."

The battery powered ferries strictly comply with yearly limits on energy consumption under a commercial agreement between the ferry operator and the Norwegian Government.

Rolls-Royce marine automatic and control product manager Jann Peter Strand said: “The Automatic Crossing System has been developed with the company’s Ship Intelligence programme and will help the customer meet their contractual need to ensure predictable energy consumption optimised for varying environmental conditions.

“It is a step on the road to realising Rolls-Royce’s goal of remote and autonomous vessels.”

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The company said that its automatic crossing system can be retrofitted to any standard Rolls-Royce azimuthing thruster.

Construction of the Fjord1 vessels will commence this month at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey. They will enter service on 01 January 2018.

Designed in partnership with Norway-based ship design company Multi Maritime, the vessels are scheduled to be delivered by next year.

Earlier this month, Spain’s Freire Shipyard selected Rolls-Royce design to build two stern trawlers, of which one would be owned by Qajaq Trawl and the other by Polar Seafood.

Image: Fjord1 to deploy Rolls-Royce’s automatic crossing system for two of its new ferries. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.