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Rolls-Royce unveils new technology for fully electric Hurtigruten newbuilds

Tue 22 Nov 2016 by Rebecca Moore

Rolls-Royce unveils new technology for fully electric Hurtigruten newbuilds
Hurtigruten’s polar cruise ships will be the first fully electric passenger ships in the world

Rolls-Royce is providing new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology to Hurtigruten’s two new expedition cruise ships – making them the first cruise ships to be fully electric.

The announcement of the full details of the equipment to be supplied by Rolls-Royce follows the news in July this year that Rolls-Royce had inked a contract with Kleven shipyard for the design and ship equipment for the Hurtigruten vessels.

The Rolls-Royce-designed Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, about to be constructed at Kleven in Norway, will include ꟷ in addition to the hybrid power solution ꟷ the latest automation and control systems, including the Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge, the first delivery of two azipull propellers using permanent magnet technology, two large tunnel thrusters, stabilisers, four Bergen B33:45 engines, winches and power electric systems.

Rolls-Royce president marine Mikael Makinen said: “The two new explorer cruise vessels for Hurtigruten represent somewhat of a dream project for us; delivering our latest technology innovations into beautifully designed and fit-for-purpose vessels.”

The hybrid technology for Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen is planned for delivery in two phases. In phase one, auxiliary battery power will provide large reductions in fuel consumption related to “peak shaving”. This solution is to be installed on the first expeditionary ship ready for delivery in 2018. For phase two, larger batteries will be installed, enabling the possibility of fully electric sailing across longer distances and over longer periods of time. This will be used when sailing into fjords, at port and in vulnerable areas allowing silent and emission free sailing. Rolls-Royce aims to install this new technology in ship number two, which is scheduled for delivery in 2019. The goal of Hurtigruten is also to refurbish ship number one with the same technology.

Hurtigruten chief executive Daniel Skjeldam said: “The future of shipping is, without a doubt, silent and emission free. We will use our new expeditionary ships as groundbreakers for this new technology and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible, today.

“A passenger ship requires enormous amounts of energy to operate, and so far, there have been no technologies able to fulfil the requirements of a fully electric Hurtigruten ship. Hurtigruten’s new ships will probably be the first in the world.”

Another innovation to be installed on Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen is main propulsion thrusters that use integrated permanent magnet technology instead of being powered by separate propulsion motors. From 2017 a new azipull model will be on offer, and this is the product specified as the main propeller units on board Hurtigruten.

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