Rolls-Royce Marine has unveiled a new modular concept in ship design to provide smart future shipping.
Speaking at the company’s London offices, Oskar Levander, vice president concepts and innovation, showed its concept design for a future-proof container-carrying ship featuring modular components that can be swapped out or renewed to adapt to changing requirements.
Called Electric Blue, the proposed vessel is based on a 1,000 teu feeder vessel and represents Rolls-Royce’s response to the challenges of low charter rates, changing environmental regulations, fuel diversity and emerging technologies.
This is achieved by offering a flexible design based on the concept of ‘everything in a container’, whereby alternative gensets, batteries, accommodation areas, fuel tanks, etc, are containerised and can simply be swapped out as required.
The ship also has a wider design than current container ships, with a slightly arched hull design and a deeper, sharper bow design to minimise the effects of wave slamming when out at sea. Dual-propellers have been specified for ballast and also propeller redundancy. They have been set as low as possible to ensure they always remain below the waterline.
An additional advantage of the wide steel hull is to avoid the need for water ballast on board to stabilise the ship and thus the need for ballast water management.
Overall, Rolls-Royce estimates that Electric Blue has the potential to save €2.5 million compared to an equivalently capable newbuild.
The design of Electric Blue can be scaled down or up and Rolls-Royce is already considering a 4,000 teu version.