Rolls-Royce to Propel Five Cruise Ships

UK-based power systems provider Rolls-Royce has enter a deal to provide propulsion and deck machinery to five cruise ships being built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Monfalcone and Ancona Shipyards.

Under the contract, the company will supply a Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear to two vessels being built for Viking Ocean Cruises, a part of the US cruise company Viking Cruises.

The contract also covers steering gear and deck machinery for a further vessel under construction for Miami-headquartered cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Furthermore, Rolls-Royce will also provide steering gear for two vessels being built for Princess Cruises.

The company said that Promas, which was developed using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics, integrates the propeller, a hubcap, rudder bulb and the rudder itself into a single hydrodynamic efficient unit which can increase propulsive efficiency by 3-8 percent for single screw vessels and 2-6 percent for twin screw vessels and lead to improved manoeuvrability, reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

“A modular range of winches and anchor windlasses allow efficient and cost-effective tailor made systems to be built up from a range of standard mooring winches, anchor cable lifters, and warping heads to suit the vessel’s deck layout and requirements. They are designed for ease of installation,” Rolls-Royce said.

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