Rolls-Royce wins contract for world’s first LNG-powered tugs

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to deliver engines and propulsion systems for the world’s first Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered tugs.

The two vessels have been ordered by Norwegian company Buksér og Berging and will enter service in late 2013 for energy company Statoil and Gassco, the operator of the gas transportation network off the Norwegian coast.

In addition to two gas engines and a single LNG tank, Rolls-Royce will deliver a mechanical direct-driven azimuth propulsion system for each tug that will provide the quickest response time for manoeuvring; which iscritically important for tug operators.

According to Rolls-Royce, the combined power and propulsion system will also enable the lowest possible fuel consumption in all operating modes.