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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.


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
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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