Rolls-Royce Tapped to Provide New Propulsion Systems for the Alaska-Class Ferry

This month, car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has been selected by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to supply a more efficient propulsion system for the new Alaska-class ferry. With the help of Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan, Alaska, Rolls-Royce will incorporate their wide range of technology into the ferries. The propulsion system designed by Rolls-Royce will allow the ferries to be maneuvered more easily as well as increase their fuel efficiency.

Tor-Gunnar Hovig, the SVP of Commercial Marine in North America, is looking forward to this collaboration: "What is also exciting about this contract is that it represents the first time a ferry operator in North America will utilize our Promas integrated propeller and rudder system, which improves the propulsion performance by means of increasing the efficiency, resulting in lower fuel consumption compared to traditional systems."

Each of the ferries will be 280 feet long and have the capacity to seat over 300 passengers, as well as carry over 50 standard vehicles. New features of the ferries will include covered car decks as well as new front and back doors that will allow for faster loading and unloading.

Rolls-Royce has a strong foothold in two technology platforms, Aerospace and Land & Sea. With customers in 120 countries, Rolls-Royce is a global force employing over 55,000 people in 45 countries—17,000 of which are engineers. In the year 2013, they reported a revenue of USD$23.46 billion and invested a total of USD$1.66 billion on research and development.

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