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New Ferry To Be Powered By Rolls-Royce Gas Engines, Thrusters

Posted on September 8, 2010

Rolls-Royce will provide gas engines and main azimuth thrusters for a double-ended passenger and vehicles ferry set to be constructed for the Norwegian operator Fjord1. The vessel will be its largest gas-engine ferry, according to Rolls-Royce.

Three Bergen C25:33L9A nine-cylinder gas engines power the ferry’s four thrusters through an electric transmission. The C-series is a new gas engine currently in production, and are designed to help reduce CO2 and NOx emissions and nearly eliminate soot and sulfur emissions, said the company. A diesel engine gen-set, Bergen C-series, will also be installed to power the vessel as a reserve on routes without a gas supply or in an emergency.

The 20-plus knot ferry will primarily serve the Arsvågen-Mortavika route that forms a link in the main road system on the west cost of Norway between Bergen and Stavanger. The ferry, which will be built by Fiskerstrand BLRT, will be 129.9 m long and have a 19.2 m beam with a deadweight of 1300 tons. It will be able to carry 242 cars or 22 trucks plus cars on two decks and be approved for 600 passengers.

Adding this ferry to the route will allow departures to take place at 20-minute intervals instead of the current 30-minute frequency.

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