Vard Aukra delivers first Rolls-Royce Environship

Written by Nick Blenkey

Environship-NVC401LNGMAY 31, 2013 — Vard’s Aukra, Norway, shipyard has delivered the first ship built to the Rolls-Royce Environship NVC 401 LNG design to Eidsvaag AS.

The Environship design promises to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 percent, through a combination of cutting edge marine technology, including a wave-piercing bow and an engine powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Environship can be adapted for different ship types and this first vessel, the 17.5 m x 36 m Eidsvaag Pioner, will soon enter service on a year-round schedule delivering feed to numerous fish farms around the Norwegian coast.

Rolls-Royce technologies, featured in Environship include a Bergen C-Series engine fueled by LNG, a Promas combined rudder and propeller, a hybrid shaft generator to optimize use of electrical power and an innovative wave-piercing hull design.

Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant, said: “The Environship has now moved from concept to reality with the successful delivery of the first ship. We firmly believe that the only way to make significant reductions in emissions and fuel costs is to combine a range of innovative technologies into one ship. Environship does just that, by bringing together complementary technologies as part of a highly efficient propulsion system.

“We’d like to congratulate the Vard Aukra shipyard and our customer Eidsvaag on the successful completion of the first Environship, and look forward to monitoring the performance of Eidsvaag Pioner in service.”

Vidar Eidsvaag, Eidsvaag AS – Operations Manager said: “We look forward to entering service with this vessel, the very first of the Environship concept. We have great expectations of both the design and equipment, and we hope and think that this vessel will enable us to meet future challenges in an even better way.”

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