Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to provide propulsion stems for Alaska class ferries.
The ferries, which are being built by Vigor Shipyards in Ketchikan will feature a number of different Rolls-Royce products including tunnel thrusters, reduction gearboxes and steering gears.
Tor-Gunnar Hovig, SVP Commercial Marine, North America - Rolls-Royce said: "This contract […] represents the first time a ferry operator in North America will utilise our Promas integrated propeller and rudder system, which improves the propulsion performance by means of increasing the efficiency, resulting in lower fuel consumption compared to traditional systems. To date, more than 60 new build ships feature pPromas with close to 40 already retrofitted with the system.
The new Alaska Class ferries are set to be 280 feet long with seats for up to 300 passengers and space for 50 standard sized vehicles. They will also feature bow and stern doors for quicker loading and unloading and fully enclosed car decks.