Ordered from Rolls-Royce by Norwegian company Eidsvaag AS, the NVC 401 Forage Carrier’s sole purpose is to deliver fish food.
This LNG-powered ship from Rolls-Royce’s Environship line will be used to supply feed to fish farms along the Norwegian coast and incorporates a variety of features to reduce environmental impact while increasing efficiency. The vessel will operate a demanding schedule to ensure fish are fed at the same time every week, regardless of weather conditions, while at the same time have a 40 percent smaller carbon footprint.
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.
This is the latest in a series of recent orders for Rolls-Royce LNG powered ships, which includes the world’s first gas powered tugs, coastal cargo ships and passenger ferries.
Below is a video that visually describes the Promas propulsion system: