Rolls-Royce has installed its Promas Lite propulsion system on the SuperStar Virgo cruise ship of Star Cruises, a member of Genting Hong Kong.
The cruise ship is the first vessel in South East Asia to be equipped with the efficient, fuel-saving propulsion system.
Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that has been designed specifically to retrofit existing ships to increase efficiency.
Rolls-Royce services president Andrew Marsh said the installation represented the second order awarded by Star Cruises.
“As Asia Pacific’s leading cruise operator, they recognise that using the Promas Lite solution will substantially reduce emissions and the operating costs of SuperStar Virgo,” Marsh said.
In 2011, Star Cruises contracted Rolls-Royce to equip Norwegian Spirit with Promas Lite, which is likely to generate £800,000 a year in fuel savings and a corresponding CO2 emission reduction of around 4,000t annually.
Star Cruises Marine Operations & Newbuilding senior vice-president fleet captain Gustaf Gronberg said: “The cruise industry is dependent on reliable, innovative technologies which are able to meet stricter environmental regulations and achieve return on investment quickly. Based on our previous positive experience with Rolls-Royce, we are confident that this upgrade will enable us to significantly reduce our fuel consumption and environmental impact.”
The 13-storey SuperStar Virgo, which is currently homeported in Singapore, is the largest cruise ship in Star Cruises’ Asian fleet that offers itineraries to Malaysia and Thailand.
Image: SuperStar Virgo anchored off Patong Beach. Photo: courtesy of jyi1693.