Rolls-Royce helps fjord ferries to go greener
Rolls-Royce Marine has signed a deal to supply its innovative autocrossing system to a total of 13 new environmentally friendly ferries for Norwegian company Fjord1.
The vessels are currently being built by three yards in Turkey and two yards in Norway. Each of the vessels will be supplied with two Rolls-Royce azipull propellers with accompanying propeller control systems to help them meet strict environmental requirements.
“Our passengers will be part of the most environmentally friendly and modern transportation concept ever seen in Norwegian fjords. The technology from Rolls-Royce enables us to deliver this promise,” said Dagfinn Neteland, CEO of Fjord1.
With this new contract, Rolls-Royce has sold autocrossing to a total of 18 new ferries to operate along the coast of Norway, of which 16 have been ordered by Fjord1 and two by another Norwegian ferry company, FosenNamsos Sjø.
Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce, SVP Electro, Automation and Control said that the orders were down to the ongoing renewal programme for ferries that connects communities along the long Norwegian coastline.
The new generation of environmentally friendly ferries have strict yearly limits on energy consumption as part of the commercial agreement between the ferry operator and the Government.
Rolls-Royce’s autocrossing system will help provide safe, predictable and energy-efficient transit back and forth by automatically controlling the vessel’s acceleration, deceleration, speed and track.
The two energy-efficient Rolls-Royce Azipull thrusters respond adaptively to environmental conditions to ensure optimal behaviour and maximise efficiency.
Earlier this year Fjord1 took delivery of three new ferries from Tersan, with autocrossing installed, while the two ferries for FosenNamsos Sjø are under construction at Kleven’s Myklebust shipyard in Norway.
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