Neil Gilliver News

19 Mar 2014

Asia's First LNG Powered Tugs Ordered

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce announced that it has won an order from Chinese state oil company CNOOC, to power Asia’s first gas powered tug. The order is for two tugs to be built at the Zhenjiang shipyard in Jiangsu, China, with an option for an additional two. The first tug is planned for delivery by the end of this year. Each tug features a pair of Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L9PG engines fueled purely by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Rolls-Royce power and propulsion systems package for each…

28 Feb 2014

Borgøy: the World’s first LNG-Fueled Tug

Late last year, an innovative project to design and build the world’s first LNG fuelled escort tugs became a reality when the Borgøy was handed over for sea trials by builder Sanmar in Tulza Bay near Istanbul. For the Christening at the Sanmar Shipyard in Tuzla, representatives from the Turkish shipyard were joined by executives from Norwegian tug operator Buksér og Berging AS and from Rolls-Royce. Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant, believes that delivery of the Borgøy and Bokn…

23 Dec 2013

Largest Ever Marintec China Hits New Records

Largest ever Marintec China 2013 hits New Records over 1,700 exhibiting companies and attracted 13% more trade visitors Hong Kong – December 23, 2013—Marintec China 2013, organized by UBM Asia and the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers, was a tremendous success over the four days of the show from December 3-6, 2013. With the blowing of a whistle and pushing of the actuating lever, Marintec China 2013 officially began. The four-day exhibition and conference was unveiled and officiated by senior officials from the industry…

07 Oct 2013

World First: A Purely Gas-Powered Tug

Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant (front left) congratulates Ali Gurun, Sanmar Shipyard, Project Director in front of the world’s first LNG power tug, Borgøy.

While the advent of gas as power in the marine market is growing increasinly common, most every installation is actually "dual fuel", meaning the vessel is able to use LNG or traditional diesel fuel to power the boat. This weekend in Turkey, however, marked a significant turning point perhaps in the adoption of LNG as fuel in commercial marine vessels, as Rolls-Royce reports that Sanmar Shipyard’s completed a world first: a purely gas powered tug. The ceremony was held in Istanbul, Turkey, this weekend.

05 Jun 2013

Rolls-Royce LNG Engine Conversion for Bergen Tankers

Bergen Viking: Photo credit Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to convert the tankship 'Bergen Viking' to run on engines powered by natural gas, replacing the current diesel engines. Rolls-Royce Plc has won a contract to convert the merchant ship Bergen Viking to run on engines powered by natural gas, replacing the current diesel engines. The Norwegian ship owner Bergen Tankers AS has chosen gas engines and accompanying systems from Rolls-Royce for this upgrade, to provide a more environmental friendly and fuel efficient ship.

04 Jun 2013

Rolls-Royce, Baleària to Partner in LNG Conversion Project

Rolls-Royce Plc signed a memorandum of understanding with Spanish shipping company Baleària to design gas-powered propulsion systems for three of the company’s high-speed ferries, which currently run on diesel. Baleària, which operates ferry services between the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands in the Strait of Gibraltar and The Bahamas Islands, is proposing the conversion of three ferries from diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG). Adolfo Utor, the Baleària Chief Executive Officer said, “This is a strategic agreement for the future of the company.

04 Jun 2013

Rolls Royce Wins Significant Fincantieri Cruise Ship Contract

New Viking Cruise Ship: Image courtesy of Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce signs extensive equipment orders with Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri for Viking Cruises' 2 newbuildings. Viking Cruises recently ordered two cruise ships from Fincantieri and have chosen the highly-efficient Rolls-Royce integrated rudder and propulsion system, called Promas, for their vessels. This is the first time that a Promas propulsion system is being installed on a new-build cruise vessel. During extensive tank tests, the Promas system demonstrated…

10 Apr 2013

Rolls-Royce, Drydocks World to Cooperate on LNG Tugs

Rolls-Royce plc has signed a memorandum of understanding with Drydocks World Dubai to provide systems for Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered tugs for the Middle East market. The memorandum of understanding was recently signed by Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, and Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant, in Dubai. Rolls-Royce is a leader in the development of LNG technology for the marine industry. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year approved for sale in the U.S. market the latest state-of-the art ECA Tier 3 compliant Rolls-Royce [Bergen C26:33] marine gas engines, which are ideal for tug propulsion.

29 Mar 2013

Dubai Launch Maritime Green Initiative

Drydocks World Dubai Shipyard: Photo credit Drydocks World

Drydocks World & Maritime World's initiative aims to encourage all-round environmental excellence in maritme & allied sectors. The initiative was inaugurated in the presence of key decision-makers from government and industry, underlined by a MoU for green technology signed with classification society DNV and Rolls-Royce. Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World said: “We are at the threshold of a new era in environment management for maritime sustainable development. "We seek to develop this network within the region and around the world as our primary focus.

26 Oct 2012

Rolls-Royce Marine Gas Engines: U.S. EPA Approval

Rolls-Royce said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved for sale in the U.S. market its marine gas engine designed to improve fuel efficiency, cut harmful methane emissions and meet international environmental standards set to take effect in 2016. “This Certificate of Conformity by the EPA for our latest gas engine is good news for the US marine industry because LNG as a vessel fuel is indisputably the best long-term solution for ship owners,” said Neil Gilliver, President, Merchant, Rolls-Royce.

04 Sep 2012

Rolls-Royce Marine Gas Engine EPA Approved

Installed C-class Engine: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce announce the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its C-class engine for sale in the U.S. market. The C-class is a state-of-the art marine gas engine designed to improve fuel efficiency, dramatically cut harmful methane emissions and meet strict international environmental standards set to take effect in 2016. The EPA Certificate of Conformity is issued for the C-engine range from Rolls-Royce. These engines are already in operation on car ferries and coastal ferries in Europe…

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