UK-based Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to supply propulsion and deck machinery for five new cruise ships being built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone and Ancona shipyards in Italy.
As part of the deal, two of the vessels, to be owned by Viking Ocean Cruises, will be equipped with a Rolls-Royce Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear.
Another vessel, which is being built for Viking Ocean Cruises, will also use steering gear and deck machinery from Rolls-Royce.
Furthermore, Rolls-Royce will provide steering gear for two vessels, to be owned by Princess.
Rolls-Royce marine deck machinery director Asbjørn Skaro said: “Over years of servicing the oil and gas sector in the demanding conditions of the North Sea we have perfected some of the most advanced, efficient and reliable deck machinery, propulsion and steering equipment to be found anywhere in the world.
“By choosing our equipment Fincantieri can be confident it won’t let their customers down.”
Built on the basis of computational fluid dynamics, the Promas system combines the propeller, hubcap, rudder bulb and the rudder into a single hydrodynamic unit.
The integrated unit has the ability to increase propulsive efficiency by 3%-8% for single screw vessels and 2%-6% for twin screw vessels.
In July, Rolls-Royce won a contract, valued at around £25m, from Norway-based ship building company Kleven to design and provide ship equipment to two new polar cruise vessels.
The deal also includes an option for two additional vessels.
Image: Fincantieri to use Rolls-Royce’s propulsion and deck machinery for five new cruise ships. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.