Rolls-Royce has secured orders worth £5.5m from Norway’s ferry operators Bastø-Fosen and Fjord 1 to deliver azimuth propulsion systems for five new double-ended ferries.
Bastø-Fosen’s three 142m-long ferries will be equipped with two Azipull 100 azimuth thrusters placed one in each end of the ferry. The ships will also feature Rolls-Royce Helicon X3 propulsion control systems.
The vessels will have the capacity to accommodate 200 cars, 600 passengers and up to 30 trucks.
The two Fjord 1 ferries will have Azipull AZP85 azimuth thrusters installed, along with Helicon X3 propulsion control systems. These 74m-long vessels will be capable of accommodating 60 cars and up to 199 passengers.
Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine senior vice-president Helge Gjerde said: "We are very proud to support these ferries, which are part of Norway’s key coastal transportation system.
"Norwegian ferry owners have been in the forefront of ship technology for many years and seek environmental friendly and reliable solutions for travelling in the Norwegian fjords and along the coastline."
Rolls-Royce’s azimuth thrusters will enhance steering stability and manoeuvrability of the new ferries.
Equipped with full feathering propellers, the thrusters will help the operator to reduce the amount of engine power needed during crossings, providing lower fuel consumption and increased overall efficiency.
Designed by Førde-based Multi Maritime, the vessels will be constructed at the yards Sefine, Cemre and ADA in Turkey.
The new ferries are expected to enter into service along the coast of Norway in mid-2016.
Image: Rolls-Royce’s propulsion systems will enhance steering stability and manoeuvrability of the New Norwegian ferries. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.