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Norwegian ferries to implement Autocrossing technology

Thirteen new environmentally friendly ferries being built for the Norwegian company Fjord1 are to be installed with Autocrossing systems from Rolls-Royce Marine, following the agreement of a new contract.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The vessels are currently being built by three yards in Turkey and two yards in Norway. With this contract, Rolls-Royce says it has now sold its Autocrossing technology to a total of 18 new ferries to operate along the coast of Norway, of which 16 have been ordered by Fjord1 and two by another Norwegian ferry company, FosenNamsos Sjø.

“Our passengers will be part of the most environmentally friendly and modern transportation concept ever seen in Norwegian fjords. The technology from Rolls-Royce enables us to deliver this promise,” said Dagfinn Neteland, CEO of Fjord1.

The new generation of ferries have strict yearly limits on energy consumption as part of the commercial agreement between the ferry operator and the Norwegian government, and will rely on the automatic crossing system to provide predictable energy-efficient transit back and forth by automatically controlling the vessel’s acceleration, deceleration, speed and track.

The vessel’s captain will supervise the automatic system and intervene using traditional manoeuvring systems if needed. If the captain is not, for some reason, able to take manual control, the system stops the vessel at a safe distance from the quayside and keeps it safely positioned automatically until further action can be taken. 

“We are proud to take part in the ongoing renewal programme for ferries that connects communities along the long Norwegian coastline. The government deserves praise for opting for both innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. It makes it possible for the maritime industry to deliver our latest technology,” said Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce SVP electro, automation and control.

“Five of the new vessels will operate in one of Norway’s two designated test areas for autonomous ship technology. This is a perfect location as the Autocrossing system from Rolls-Royce is indeed a step on the journey towards increased autonomous and remote navigation.”

Fjord1 has previously taken delivery of three ferries with Autocrossing installed, while the two ferries for FosenNamsos Sjø that will be installed are under construction at Kleven’s Myklebust shipyard in Norway.{/mprestriction}

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