Rolls-Royce has delivered the first of its revolutionary new cargo ships, which will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent.
The first Rolls-Royce Environship, the Eidsvaag Pioner, has been delivered to Norwegian company Eidsvaag AS this week, and will soon enter service on a year-round schedule delivering feed to numerous fish farms around the Norwegian coast.
Thanks to a combination of cutting edge marine technology, including a wave-piercing bow and an engine powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the ship can reduce CO2 reduction up to 40 per cent compared to a similar sized diesel powered ship as well as delivering increased efficiency.
Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce president – Merchant, says: "The Environship has now moved from concept to reality with the successful delivery of the first ship. We firmly believe that the only way to make significant reductions in emissions and fuel costs is to combine a range of innovative technologies into one ship.
“Environship does just that, by bringing together complementary technologies as part of a highly efficient propulsion system. We'd like to congratulate the Vard Aukra shipyard and our customer Eidsvaag on the successful completion of the first Environship, and look forward to monitoring the performance of Eidsvaag Pioner in service.”
Rolls-Royce technologies, featured in Environship, which won the Green Ship Technology Award in Germany earlier this year, include a Bergen engine powered by LNG, the Promas combined rudder and propeller, a hybrid shaft generator to optimise use of electrical power and an innovative wave-piercing hull design.
The Rolls-Royce Bergen B-Series lean burn gas engines emit around 17 per cent less CO2 per unit of power than a diesel engine and the use of gas fuelled engines means that Nitrogen Oxide emissions are reduced by about 90 per cent while Sulphur Oxide emissions are negligible.
The Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion system is an integrated rudder and propeller, which alone improves efficiency of the vessel by 5 to 8 per cent, and the innovative bow shape and hull form designed by Rolls-Royce also reduce resistance by up to 8 per cent, reducing fuel use and emissions further.
The vertical bow shape enables the vessel to maintain speed even in rough seas enabling operators to achieve demanding shipping schedules without the need to burn additional fuel to make up lost time.
Vidar Eidsvaag, Eidsvaag AS operations manager said: "We look forward to entering service with this vessel, the very first of the Environship concept. We have great expectations of both the design and equipment, and we hope and think that this vessel will enable us to meet future challenges in an even better way.”
The first of two larger cargo ships, from the Rolls-Royce Environship range, are currently under construction in China for the Norwegian company Nor Lines.