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Rolls-Royce tech selected to improve fuel economy of Antarctica cruise ship

04 Aug 2017 05:03 GMT

Rolls-Royce to equip an expeditionary cruise ship for Mystic Cruises.



Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with WestSea Yard, part of Martifer Group, to equip an expeditionary oceanic cruise ship for Portuguese cruise company Mystic Cruises.

The vessel, to be called the MS World Explorer, is the first of several ships to be built by Mystic Cruises for its expeditionary cruise line. It will be offering itineraries in Antarctica from November to March, and its inaugural Antarctic season has already been chartered to polar cruise firm Quark Expeditions.

For the rest of the season, it is scheduled to visit small and distinct ports around the world normally not accessible to larger cruise ships, and it will be distributed by German company Nicko Cruises.

Explaining the reason for deciding to work with Rolls-Royce, Mario Ferreira, Mystic Cruises' CEO, said: "Being one of the last unspoiled and untouched regions in the World, Antarctica poses a unique challenge for cruise companies in order to offer the high-quality service that guests are used to in other areas, while being environmentally sustainable.

"For us it's essential to have a sustainable, efficient and environmental friendly solution. That is why we opted for the hybrid technology that Rolls-Royce proposed."

Rolls-Royce has supplied two Bergen, C25:33L8P main engines and a Bergen C25:33L6P auxiliary dual generator. These connect to a low-voltage AFE 'SAVeCUBE' power electric system which allows the engines to operate at variable speeds - maximising their efficiency for the required power. Rolls-Royce is also providing the automation and control system, and the complete Promas propulsion system with two controllable pitch propellers (CPP) integrated with two flap rudders, also steering gears and tunnel thrusters.

John Roger Nesje, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Power Electric Systems - Marine said: "Our experience of all aspects of ship design and construction, has allowed us to help Mystic Cruises, carefully consider the MS World Explorer's operational profile and identify the optimum combination of technologies to use in order to reduce emissions and achieve improved performance and fuel economy."

Image: Polar expeditionary vessel.




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