Rolls-Royce Will Propel Ferry

An order has been placed for the first example of a new concept in doubleended ferries. On delivery, this aluminum vessel will go into service with Rogaland Trafikkselskap on a route between Stavanger and Tau on west coast of Norway. The concept is highlighted by a new Azipull azimuth thruster design with pulling propeller developed by Rolls-Royce. The Norwegian ferry is designed to carry 400 passengers and 120 cars, or mix of vehicles with axle loads up to 15 tons. The length is 262 ft. (80m); the beam 65 ft.


A slender catamaran layout with symmetrical hulls has been chosen, and these hulls have hydrodynamically integrated propulors, the new Ulstein Aquamaster Azipull units developed by Rolls-Royce, with one unit placed at each end of each hull.

Locating one azimuth thruster at each of the four corners of the vessel gives excellent maneuverability, helped by the Rolls-Royce joystick system which enables the captain to control all propulsors with a single movement.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Feb 2002

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