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Rolls' gas-powered ferry is a Mediterranean first.

Rolls-Roycehas signed an agreement with Italian company Lauro Shipping to design innovative gas-powered ferries based on the award winning Environship concept.

The agreement marks the first time that a customer will use the Environship concept for a passenger vessel. It follows previous orders for cargo ships which all benefit from a range of Rolls-Royce technologies that will reduce [CO.sub.2] emissions by up to 40% compared to similar diesel powered ships.

Lauro Shipping is one of the largest ferry operators in Italy's Campania region, providing fast connections to the islands of Capri and Ischia.

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This agreement covers the basic design of a new ship class, which will be scalable for smaller and larger versions. Rolls-Royce and Lauro Shipping will jointly develop the design, before engaging with shipyards.

Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce's president of merchant ships, said: "This latest development is proof that there's a desire from ship owners to embrace marine technology to reduce environmental impact. This could be the first gas-powered ferry in the Mediterranean'

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Title Annotation:News; Rolls-Royce Inc. and Lauro Shipping
Publication:Environmental Engineering
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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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