With an eye to the EU's Marco Polo program and its promise of subsidies, Spanish shipbuilder and designer IZAR and Rolls-Royce today announced plans for a new European High Speed Cargo Vessel.
The design meets the needs of shipowners wishing to develop fleet plans in line with the European Union's Marco Polo program. This is designed to give financial support to projects which improve the environmental performance of Europe's freight transport system.
Subsidies, in the form of start-up aid, are intended to be available for projects involving two or more member states. The aid can be additional to member state support. The monohull EHSCV is powered by two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets. It is being offered as a cost-effective short-sea shipping alternative to road transport in Europe.
The baseline design enables 124 trailers to be carried at a service speed of 37 knots and is said to be economically competitive with road transport on routes above 300 nautical miles.
The MT30, which boasts a power rating of 36MW, is cost-effective and efficient compared to all existing marine gas turbines above 25MW. It has 80 per cent commonality with the Trent 800 aero engine which has completed more than two million flying hours since it entered service in 1996.
Jose Ramon Lopez, IZAR Director for Innovation, said: "We believe there is a strong market for this ship, which offers a cost-effective solution to an urgent European transport issue."
Saul Lanyado, Rolls-Royce President - Marine, said: "The MT30 brings leading-edge, proven, aero gas turbine technology to the marine marketplace. Its modular construction combines reliability with maintainability."
Technical details are: Length: 212m. Breadth: (max) 22m. Draft: 4.7m. Deadweight: 3,400dwt. Output: 2x32,000kW. Fuel: Marine diesel oil. Range: up to 800 nm. Cargo capacity: 1,700 lane meters.