Rolls-Royce set to supply pitch propeller for ice-breaking ship

Power systems company Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to supply a high-strength controllable pitch propeller for an ice-breaking cargo ship that will transport valuable nickel and copper concentrates from Canada to customers in Europe.

Canadian company Fednav recently agreed a long-term transportation contract with mining company Canadian Royalties for the shipping of concentrates from the Nunavik Nickel mine in northern Quebec.

The new ship, an ice-breaking bulk carrier with a dead weight of 25,000 tonnes, will be designed and built in Japan by Universal Shipbuilding Corporation. It will feature a reinforced hull to allow it to proceed in continuous mode through level ice measuring up to 1.5m in thickness.

Rolls-Royce will supply a 6.5m-diameter nickel-aluminium-bronze Kamewa propeller for Fednav’s new vessel. It will weigh 45 tonnes and be powered by a 21.7MW (29,000hp) diesel engine.