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Rolls-Royce Ferry Propulsion Orders

Posted on February 17, 2006

The Color Line, Viking Line and Tallink have all specified Rolls-Royce CP propeller systems and tunnel thrusters for new vessels they have ordered to be be built in Finland. The value of the contract to Rolls-Royce is reportedly about US$14 million. Color Line (SuperSpeed) has ordered two 1900 passenger ropax vessels capable of almost 30 knots for its services linking Kristiansand and Larvik in Norway with Hirtshals in Denmark. Each vessel will have two, 5.25 m diameter Kamewa Ulstein ice class 1B controllable pitch propellers with 19.2 MW per shaft line. Three tunnel thrusters per ship have also been specified; two rated at 2400 kW each at the bow and a single 1200 kW unit at the stern. Both these 211m long vessels will be built at Aker Yards in Rauma and are scheduled for delivery in February and May 2008.

Viking Line has ordered a roro passenger ferry for the route between Helsinki and Tallinn. It will be 185 m long, able to carry 2500 passengers and will be built at Aker Yards in Helsinki for delivery in February 2008. The vessel will have two 5.3 m diameter four-bladed CP propellers made of stainless steel and designed to ice class 1ASuper. Four engines (20 MW per shaft line) will give a maximum speed of 26.8 knots. Three tunnel thrusters will be installed in each vessel. Two 1500 kW thrusters will be located at the bow and one unit of the same power at the stern.

A 212 m long passenger cruise ferry for the Baltic Sea, capable of carrying 2800 passengers, is to be built in Helsinki for Tallink. The vessel will have two 5.0 m diameter four-bladed CP propellers made of stainless steel and designed to ice class 1ASuper. The four engines (16 MW per shaft line) give a maximum speed of 24.8 knots. Two 1800 kW bow tunnel thrusters will also be installed.

In each case the scope of supply includes shaft lines, shaft line bearings, tail shaft seals, shaft line calculations, bulkhead seals, hydraulics, CanMan control system and extensive performance guarantees. The high speed shafts are also included in the Viking Line contract.

For more information: www.rolls-royce.com

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