Rolls-Royce wins Environship order
The NVC 401 forage carrier
Rolls-Royce has won a second order for a gas-powered vessel from its Environship range, which will be used to supply feed to fish farms along the Norwegian coast.
The vessel has been ordered by Norwegian company Eidsvaag AS and will operate a demanding schedule to ensure fish are fed at the same time every week, regardless of weather conditions.
The NVC 401 forage carrier is the latest ship design from Environship range and incorporates a variety of features to reduce environmental impact while increasing efficiency. It is claimed that it will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40% compared to similar diesel powered ships.
Rune Ekornesvåg, Rolls-Royce, sales manager - merchant vessels, said:“Our 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.”
Rolls-Royce will supply all the main systems and equipment, as well as the ship design. These include 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. Rolls-Royce will also supply a Dynamic Positioning (DP) system, which uses satellite technology to hold the ship in position during the offloading of fish feed.
The NVC-401 LNG forage carrier will be owned by Eidsvaag AS and on delivery in 2013 will carry pelletised fish feed in bulk for Skretting AS to fish farms along the Norwegian coastline.
STX OSV in Brattvåg, Norway, has been chosen to build the 75m long vessel with the hull sourced from the STX yard in Romania.
On arrival at the storage location at a fish farm the ship will hold its position using its DP system and the pellets will be delivered by means of a crane operated transfer system over the bow. The forage can be carried in the 62 specially designed tanks onboard which are connected to the unloading system, and the speed needed to meet the weekly schedule is 15 knots.
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