Rolls-Royce will design and supply the propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems for what has been dubbed one of worldâ€™s most advanced fishing vessels.
Scheduled for delivery in 2020 to Prestfjord Seafood, a division of Norwayâ€™s HolmÃ¸y Maritime, the 77 m trawler will be based on a Rolls-Royce NVC 732 WP design arranged with triple trawl and pelagic trawl for operation in Arctic waters catching whitefish and shrimp. The vessel has been designed to accommodate a 29-person crew. The order comes from Spainâ€™s Astilleros Gondan shipyard.
In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will supply a hybrid propulsion system based around a Bergen B33:45 main engine driving a Promas propeller/rudder combination. This arrangement was specified to meet the ownerâ€™s specific requirements for low fuel consumption, reduced emissions and low noise and vibration.
â€œWe are delighted that Prestfjord Seafood, a long-standing customer of ours, has once again selected a Rolls-Royce design and propulsion package for a newbuild trawler,â€ said Monrad Hide, Rolls-Royce, Marine VP Sales. â€œIt is Prestfjordâ€™s fourth built to a Rolls-Royce design, the first being SunderÃ¸y, which was delivered in 2004.â€
Commenting on the efficiency of the NVC design, Hide said that since many fishing vessels operate in the far north, a minimal environmental footprint is a key factor in selecting the design.
â€œThe NVC series is specifically designed for fuel efficient operations. By introducing wave piercing hull design, a hybrid prime mover and the Promas propulsion system, we have been able to substantially reduce the vesselâ€™s impact on the environment,â€ Hide said. â€œThe NVC series is designed with a special focus on gentle fish handing and is optimised for bottom and mid-water trawling with mode selections from the bridge. The design provides optimal seakeeping and comfort for the crew.â€
In addition to the NVC 372 WP design and diesel/electric propulsion system, Rolls Royce will deliver to the yard an auxiliary engine, a tunnel thruster and a complete deck machinery package, which includes permanent magnet winches. The vesselâ€™s electrical and power plant will comprise a Rolls-Royce Power Electric System and automation systems, and also a battery package.
The new contract follows the successful operational performance of HolmÃ¸y, the NVC 370 trawler the Freire Shipyard delivered to Prestfjord in March 2016. When this vessel was delivered, it represented the first installation of the then new Bergen B33:45 engine series.