Rolls-Royce has signed a deal, valued at $6.5m, with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey to provide a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion package for a cargo carrier designed by NSK Ship Design for Norway-based ship owner NSK Shipping.
Built on the model of its sister-ship MS Høydal, the new vessel will be a little larger than its sister and will carry fish food for BioMar Group.
The new vessel is expected to be delivered from the yard next year.
Measuring at a length of 81.5m, the new cargo carrier has the ability to carry 2,700t of fish food to fish farms along the Norwegian coast.
Equipped with a Rolls-Royce hybrid shaft generator (HSG) propulsion system, the vessel’s main engine can produce electricity for the ship irrespective of the engine power output and can act as a propulsion motor (PTI) to serve as substitute power source.
NSK Ship design managing director Kjartan Karlsen said: "We are thrilled that our designs have contributed to the use of LNG in powering cargo vessels, therefore reducing carbon footprints.
"We commend NSK Shipping and Rolls Royce for being at the helm of a more sustainable industry."
The LNG Propulsion system includes a eight cylinder Bergen C26:33 natural gas engine with 2160kW capacity, Promas combined rudder and propeller system, one tunnel thruster in the bow and one in the aft, as well as a Rolls-Royce automation and DP system.
Rolls-Royce offshore and merchant solutions president Helge Gjerde said: "BioMar and NSK Shipping invest in modern technology that helps reduce fuel costs and environmental footprint.
"They are among the absolute frontrunners in the area of short sea shipping."
Currently, BioMar has 11 factories spread across Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and Costa Rica.
Separately, last December, Rolls-Royce entered into a contract with China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (Sinopacific) for providing a package of power and propulsion equipment and deck machinery.
Image: An artist’s impression of the new vessel. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc