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Rolls-Royce, Lauro Shipping Teaming Up

Pair will develop gas-powered ferries based on Environship concept

Posted on December 4, 2012
Rolls-Royce and Lauro Shipping will jointly develop the Environship design, prior to engaging with suitable ship yards.

Rolls-Royce and Lauro Shipping will jointly develop the Environship design, prior to engaging with suitable ship yards.

Rolls-Royce signed an agreement with Italian company Lauro Shipping to design new gas-powered ferries based on the Environship concept. The move marks the first time a customer will use the Environship concept for a passenger vessel.

Lauro Shipping is one of the largest ferry operators in Italy’s Campania region, providing connections to the islands of Capri and Ischia and specializing in high-speed ferries, Rolls-Royce said. The company also recently acquired Siremar,which operates services to Sicily.

This agreement covers the basic design of a new ship class, which will be scalable for smaller and larger versions. Rolls-Royce and Lauro Shipping will jointly develop the design, prior to engaging with suitable ship yards.

The NVC 256 will carry passengers and vehicles, and is the latest ship design from the Rolls-Royce Environship range, incorporating a variety of features to reduce environmental impact while increasing efficiency, including an engine powered by LNG. The new ferry concept will incorporate a Rolls-Royce equipment, such as Bergen engines, a wave-piercing bow and a Promas propulsion system. Another feature of the propulsion system is the Rolls-Royce Hybrid Shaft Generator (HSG), which produces electrical power from the propulsion engines instead of running auxiliary diesel generators.