Spanish shipbuilder and designer IZAR and Rolls-Royce have announced plans for a new European High Speed Cargo Vessel (EHSCV) as a short-sea shipping alternative to road transport in Europe.
The monohull EHSCV will be powered by two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets. The baseline design of the EHSCV will enable 124 trailers to be carried at a service speed of 37 knots.
The design reportedly meets the needs of ship owners wishing to develop fleet plans in line with the European Union’s Marco Polo programme, which is designed to give financial support to projects which improve the environmental performance of Europe’s freight transport system.
Subsidies, in the form of start-up aid, are intended to be available for projects involving two or more member states. The aid can be additional to member state support.
Jose Ramon Lopez, IZAR Director for Innovation, said: ‘We believe there is a strong market for this ship, which offers a cost-effective solution to an urgent European transport issue.’