Rolls-Royce has received a second order to supply all the main systems and equipment, as well as the ship design for a fish feed carrier ordered by Norwegian company Eidsvaag at STX OSV last year.
The company will provide a Bergen C-Series engine powered by liquid natural gas (LNG), a wave piercing bow and a Promas propulsion system which combines a propeller and rudder.
Built on the Rolls-Royce Environship range, the NVC 401 Forage Carrier includes a variety of features that will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40% compared to similar diesel powered ships.
Rolls-Royce sales manager of merchant vessels Rune Ekornesvåg said the company’s Environship design has been developed to meet very challenging operational requirements, including strict limits on emissions, which could only be achieved through our gas engine technology.
"Environships combine state-of-the art propulsion technology and advanced ship design to significantly reduce emissions of CO2," Ekornesvåg said.
The 17.5 m x 36 m vessel will be used to supply feed to fish farms along the Norwegian coast and to ensure fish are fed at the same time every week, regardless of weather conditions.
Delivery of the vessel is scheduled in the second quarter 2013 from the STX OSV Brattvaag shipyard in Norway, while its hull be built at the STX OSV Tulcea shipyard in Romania.
It will also supply a dynamic positioning (DP) system, which uses satellite technology to hold the ship in position during the offloading of fish feed.
According to the company, this is the latest in a series of recent orders for its LNG powered ships, which includes the world’s first gas powered tugs, coastal cargo ships and passenger ferries.