It has been revealed that marine division of Rolls Royce will be taking the plunge into the profitable cruise ship market with the win of a £25 million deal to design two new vessels.
The company will be designing the ships for Norwegian line Hurtigruten who specialise in artic sailings.
The subsidiary company of the luxury car brand are set to launch the 600 passenger ships in 2018 and 2019 and will feature brand new innovative designs and equipment.
Among the new features will be: a wave piercing bow for a smoother sailing experience and a more efficient, unified bridge which will result in a safer working environment. The company is even working on vessels which can be controlled from land based centres with no captain on-board!
It has been said that Rolls Royce will be collaborating with Kleven, a family run ship building yard in Norway to construct the environmentally friendly ships. It will be one of the largest builds that the ship yard has ever been involved in.
Cruise line Hurtigruten are one of the biggest arctic and polar companies for the region, and have a further contract option with Rolls Royce for an additional two ships if this first deal all goes to plan.
You can see artists impressions of the vessels below…
Helge Gjerde speaking for Rolls Royce said “Hurtigruten and Kleven have agreed to build state-of the art passenger vessels, and Rolls-Royce will provide some of the most innovate ship technology on the market today. I’m confident that these new polar cruise vessels will bring the proud heritage of the Hurtigruten into a similarly proud future.”
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