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Rolls-Royce to Develop New Gas Powered Ferry Design


December 1, 2012

Artwork courtesy of Rolls-Royce.Salvatore Lauro, Chief Executive of Lauro Shipping, says the new environmentally friendly ro/pax ferry design will meet the latest technological requirements for emissions while reducing fuel consumption and operational costs. Artwork courtesy of Rolls-Royce.

Italian company Lauro Shipping has signed a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce to design new gas powered ferries based on the company’s Environship concept.

The agreement marks the first time a customer will utilize the Environship concept for a passenger vessel, although general cargo vessels have been developed using the Rolls-Royce LNG propulsion design.

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. The company has 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.

Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, president of the company’s merchant division, says the vessel could be the first gas powered ferry operating in the Mediterranean.

“We have a huge amount of operational experience with gas powered vessels, particularly in Norway, and the fact that Lauro Shipping is leading the way in the Mediterranean further enhances the global prospects for liquid natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel,” Gilliver says.


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