Rolls-Royce lands another live fish carrier contract

NVC 386 features wave-piercing bow NVC 386 features wave-piercing bow

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 — Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of design and equipment for a live fish carrier, to be built at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey for Faroe Islands shipowner Bakkafrost. The contract is worth approximately £5.8 million to Rolls-Royce.

The vessel is a Rolls-Royce design, type NVC 386, featuring the characteristic wave-piercing bow designed to cut through waves in rough seas, making it possible to keep a more constant speed, reduce fuel consumption and increase on-board safety.

The vessel will have a length of 75.80 m, a breadth of 16 m and a carrying capacity of 3,000 cu. m — approximately 450 tonnes of live fish.

When entering into service, the vessel will operate for Bakkafrost's own fish-farming operation, transporting live fish from fish farms into on-shore processing factories.

Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President- Offshore said: "With this design, Bakkafrost will enter into a new era when it comes to quality, capacity, comfort and environmental considerations. Extensive development work, including CFD calculations (computational fluid dynamics), has been done to provide the customer with a fuel-efficient and cost-effective vessel."

Fish will be kept in three holds constructed for the optimum transportation of live fish, with full pump-circulation capacity in a closed circuit. The system also provides for the full filtering of water, with separate systems for loading all tanks simultaneously and pressurised discharge to shore. A high capacity system for de-licing will also be installed.

In addition to design and engineering, Rolls-Royce will deliver an integrated equipment package including a diesel-electric propulsion system and two Bergen C6 engines.

The crew's living quarters and working environment have also been an area of focus during the design process, resulting in seven single cabins, a spacious saloon with separate dining area, a fitness centre and a sauna.

The Norwegian shipowner Sølvtrans has taken delivery of a Rolls-Royce live fish carrier from the Zamakona shipyard in Spain and has a second vessel under construction, making the Bakkafrost contract the third live fish carrier order for Rolls-Royce.

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