Hybrid solution to reduce Antarctic emissions

10 Aug 2017
MS World Explorer

The 126m long MS World Explorer will operate with two Bergen, C25:33L8P main engines and a Bergen C25:33L6P auxiliary dual generator

The owners of an Antarctic cruise ship aim to reduce its emissions through a hybrid power electric and propulsion system.

Rolls-Royce has supplied two Bergen, C25:33L8P main engines and a Bergen C25:33L6P auxiliary dual generator for Mystic Cruises’ Ice Class vessel.

Mário Ferreira, CEO of Mystic Cruises, said: “For us it’s essential to have a sustainable, efficient and environmental friendly solution. That is why we opted for the hybrid technology that Rolls-Royce proposed.”

The engines and generator connect to a low voltage AFE ‘SAVeCUBE’ power electric system which allows the engines to operate at variable speeds to maximise their efficiency for the required power.

Rolls-Royce is also providing the automation and control system and a complete Promas propulsion system with two CPP propellers integrated with two flap rudders, plus steering gears and tunnel thrusters.

Rolls-Royce signed the equipment deal for the 126m long, 19m wide MS World Explorer with WestSea Yard, part of Martifer Group.

The 9300 GT tonnage vessel will have an operating cruise speed of 16 knots with a strengthened hull and propellers for traversing ice.

John Roger Nesje, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Power Electric Systems – Marine said the combination of its technologies would improve performance and fuel economy as well as emissions.

Construction of the vessel, designed by Italian Giuseppe Tringali, is already underway at the WestSea Shipyard in northern Portugal with completion expected in October 2018.

The vessel, which will operate from November to March, is the first of several ships to be built by Portuguese-owned Mystic Cruises for its expeditionary cruise line.

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