Rolls-Royce Propulsion Package for Polar Ship
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by ship builder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out significant environmental research at the North and South Poles.
The Rolls-Royce system includes gen-sets with a power electric system, a range of thrusters and automation and control systems.
The vessel, to be named FF Kronprins Haakon, is a NVC 395 POLAR design from Rolls-Royce ordered by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. Detailed design will be carried out by Fincantieri. It is designed to operate through rough ice conditions, and will be equipped to cover a wide range of marine research operations, such as monitoring fishing stocks, metrological studies, sea floor sampling and mapping.
The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian Polar Institute act as consultants to Norwegian authorities, contributing to the maintenance of administration standards in Norwegian waters and polar areas to ensure they remain some of the best-preserved wilderness areas in the world.
Rolls-Royce will supply 2 x Bergen B32:40L9ACD and 2 x Bergen B32:40L6ACD diesel gensets, together with a power electric system, azimuth main thrusters (of type US ARC 0.8) and Polar tunnel thrusters. A range of electrical systems will also be included.
Construction will take place at Fincantieri’s Integrated Shipyards Riva Trigoso-Muggiano, in Italy, before undergoing final outfitting activities in Norway.