New trawler vessel to be equipped with Rolls-Royce hybrid propulsion system

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Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to design a new 70m-long stern trawler and supply the equipment for the vessel, which will be operated by Olympic Seafood based in Fosnavåg, Norway. This highly advanced fishing vessel is to be built by Cemre shipyard in Turkey, which also holds a contracted option for a second vessel of the same type for Olympic Seafood. It will be NVC 370 type with a low-resistance hull. Stig Remøy, president and CEO at Olympic Seafood, said, “This is a new and modern generation of trawler. The planning and design have been conducted under the headline “smarter, greener and safer”. Low energy consumption and reduced emissions make the concept a perfect fit for our strategy of sustainable ocean harvesting. Rolls-Royce has played a central role in the development of our new ship.” The new vessel will be equipped with a Rolls-Royce B33:45 diesel engine. The hybrid propulsion system can run in mechanical and diesel-electric mode to drive the Promas integrated rudder and propeller system. The Hybrid Shaft Generator ensures optimum propeller and engine efficiency by running both at their most efficient point. Rolls-Royce will also deliver its latest deck winches, driven by a permanent-magnet electric motor. Monrad Hide, VP of sales at Rolls-Royce, said, “It’s a pleasure working with ambitious shipping owners such as Stig Remøy and his team. We’ve designed a highly efficient trawler that will be equipped with a package of power and propulsion, electrical and automation systems that will deliver benefits to both the owner and the environment, as well as safety and good working conditions for the crew.” Olympic’s new vessel is designed for bottom trawling as well as pelagic trawling. It will have a modern factory deck arrangement to handle and freeze both white fish and shrimp and ensure a high-quality catch. The vessel is expected to be delivered from the yard in 2020.

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