Norwegian coastal ships win Motorship Award

20 Nov 2018

Energy-saving vessel project wins emission-cutting award.

The inaugural Motorship Award, in honour of emission-cutting partnerships, has been presented to Rolls-Royce Marine and the Norwegian Coastal Administration on the closing day of The Motorship’s Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference 2018.

The project, in which increasingly advanced energy-saving technologies were introduced across a series of multipurpose coastal vessels, received the most votes by conference delegates out of the four nominations shortlisted by an expert panel that included ship owners, ship owner associations and technology providers.

The final vessel, OV Ryvingen, is currently on sea trials and features a six-cylinder medium-speed engine with an innovative dual-generator configuration as well as a 3MWh battery system – a long way from the four high-speed diesel engines driving the original vessels. Other installed technologies include permanent magnet thrusters and a DC distribution system. It is expected that the vessel will achieve CO2 emissions reductions of more than 35% compared to the original vessels, with engine running hours cut by 86%.

The Motorship editor Gavin Lipsith, who chaired the shortlisting panel, said: “The panel was impressed by the way the concept was developed step-by-step towards a fourth vessel that is truly innovative and with clear environmental and energy efficiencies. It is a notable success for the companies involved that this coastal vessel was recognised by delegates to a conference that often focuses on deep-sea shipping.”

Other nominated projects included the impressive collaboration between WinGD, GTT and Wärtsilä in developing LNG systems for the first dual-fuelled ultra-large containerships, ordered last year by CMA CGM. Innovative powering arrangements enabled by permanent magnet shaft generator technology developed by WE Tech and a new way of creating water-in-fuel emulsions by TecnoVeritas were also presented.

The winning project can be viewed here:

The conference concluded on 16 November with a technical visit onboard the Scandlines hybrid ferry 'Deutschland', a unique ro-pax and railway vessel. Senior Vice President of Route Management & Operations at Scandlines, Michael Guldmann Petersen, gave a presentation of the Scandlines hybrid and zero emissions projects followed by a tour of the engine room and the bridge.

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