Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has selected Rolls-Royce to deliver a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new polar research vessel.
Under this contract, Rolls-Royce will supply its solution consisting of two Bergen B32:40L9ACD and two Bergen B32:40L6ACD diesel gensets, together with a power electric system, azimuth main thrusters and Polar tunnel thrusters.
In addition, a range of electrical systems will be included in the package.
Rolls-Royce commercial marine president John Knudsen said: "We have drawn on our expertise in both offshore and specialised ships to deliver a solution for a technology-intensive vessel that can operate in the harshest environments.
"We are delighted to be working with Fincantieri teams in Italy and Norway, to deliver this exciting project and continue the long and successful relationship between our companies."
The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research’s new vessel is to be named FF Kronprins Haakon and will be used for significant environmental research at the north and south poles.
Designed to operate through rough ice conditions, the new research vessel will be capable of covering a wide range of marine research operations, including monitoring fishing stocks, metrological studies, sea floor sampling and mapping.
Construction of the vessel will take place at Fincantieri’s Integrated Shipyards Riva Trigoso-Muggiano in Italy, and the final outfitting activities will be carried out in Norway. The vessel is expected to start operation from 2017.
The new-build is NVC 395 POLAR design from Rolls-Royce and the detailed design will be carried out by Fincantieri.
Image: Norway’s new polar research vessel will conduct environmental research in polar regions. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce Plc.