Rolls-Royce to power Canadian LNG tugs

Rolls-Royce's power and propulsion equipment is designed to meet international environmental standards Rolls-Royce's power and propulsion equipment is designed to meet international environmental standards

Global power systems company, Rolls-Royce, has signed a non-exclusive agreement with Canadian shipbuilder, Robert Allan Ltd, to supply power and propulsion equipment for a range of new LNG tug designs.

The signing ceremony took place at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans.

Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will supply a range of power and propulsion equipment, including Bergen medium speed gas engines, gas systems and azimuthing thrusters, which are designed to improve fuel efficiency, cut harmful methane emissions and comply with strict environmental standards set to take effect in 2016.

Robert Løseth, propulsion and engines - merchant, Rolls-Royce, told GreenPort: "Key aspects with the design work will be to accommodate the required fuel in a small tug design with required safety distances.The optimisation for maximum bollard pull and achieving the practical response time required for a tug operation will be in focus, as well as finding economic and practical solutions that shall function to meet customer demands."

Ken Harford, president, Robert Allan Ltd, added: “The current abundance of natural gas has led to new technologies to utilise it as a power source in marine applications. LNG represents a tremendous opportunity for tug operators to considerably reduce both fuel related exhaust emissions and operating costs.”

The world's first LNG powered cargo ship, also powered by Rolls-Royce, entered service in Norway earlier this year.

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