Izar And Rolls-Royce Plan High Speed Cargo Vessel

Spanish shipbuilder and designer IZAR and Rolls-Royce have signed a contract for a new 696- ft. (212-m), 3,400 dwt European High Speed Cargo Vessel (EHSCV), which is intended to be a costeffective short-sea shipping alternative to road transport in Europe.

The monohull EHSCV, which will be powered by two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines and Rolls- Royce Kamewa waterjets, will boast a baseline design enabling 124 trailers to be carried at a service speed of 37 knots — economically competitive with road transport on routes above 300 n.m.

The design meets the needs of ship owners wishing to develop fleet plans in line with the European Union's Marco Polo program, which is designed to give financial support to projects which improve the environmental performance of Europe's freight transport system.

Jose Ramon Lopez, IZAR director for Innovation, said, "We believe there is a strong market for this ship, which offers a cost-effective solution to an urgent European transport issue." Circle 50 on Reader Service Card www.maritimereporterinfo.com

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 27,  Oct 2002 New Jersey

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