SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 — Rolls-Royce reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Certificate of Conformity for its C-engine range of marine gas engines.
Neil Gilliver, President – Merchant, Rolls-Royce said: “This Certificate of Conformity by the EPA for our latest gas engine is good news for the U.S. marine industry because LNG as a vessel fuel is indisputably the best long-term solution for ship owners. Our innovative vessel designs and gas-based power and propulsion systems help ship owners reduce through life costs and improve operational efficiency, while dramatically reducing harmful emissions and meeting strident future international environmental regulations.”
“The EPA approval gives us a head start in the U.S. market,” added Mr. Gilliver, “and we are proud to be able to provide shipowners with an efficient and long-term solution for reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Furthermore, this latest C26:33 engine, which is highly suitable for tugs, articulated tug barges, ferries, coastal vessels and offshore support vessels, has cut methane slip to very low levels.”
The C-engine range engines are already in operation on car ferries and coastal ferries in Europe, and are being installed on the world’s first gas powered tugs to be used in operation for the major Norwegian oil company Statoil.
The Rolls-Royce marine gas engine ranges fulfill the requirements for operation in Emission Control Areas, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III rules that come into force in 2016, and the forthcoming and even tougher Tier IV emissions limits.