The contract to build the two 5,000 dwt vessels, known as Environship, was signed in October 2011 and also included an option to construct an additional two ships of the same design. Both vessels will be built to the Rolls-Royce NVC 405 design specification at the Tsuji’s Jiangsu shipyard.
These highly efficient ships incorporate a striking wave piercing bow, world leading gas powered engines and an innovative Promas propulsion system, which combined, significantly improve the overall performance of the vessel – increasing fuel efficiency by up to 18 per cent. It also provides numerous environmental benefits, including the virtual elimination of SOx and reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 40 per cent compared to similar conventional vessels.
The Rolls-Royce Environship concept, received the prestigious Next Generation Ship Award at last year’s NorShipping event in Oslo, Norway. The company is already using the concept to develop a wide range of other efficient ship designs, including passenger ferries, chemical tankers, gas tankers, bulk carriers and superyachts.