• 2017 November 14 11:58

    Rolls-Royce unveils Crystal blue luxury yacht with advanced digital technology and hybrid propulsion

    Rolls-Royce has unveiled a ground-breaking luxury yacht concept designed to showcase the advantages of advanced ship intelligence solutions and hybrid propulsion based on LNG fuel and battery power in the marine leisure market, the company said in its press release.

    Introduced during the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF) in Amsterdam, the Crystal Blue yacht and its attendant support vessel Blue Shadow have been developed to enable new thinking in yacht design and propulsion by optimising the yacht’s super structure for greater guest use and comfort.

    One of the many novel features is the use of an intelligent dynamic positioning system which automatically controls twin azimuthing thrusters and a TT1100 bow thruster – technology that is usually found on offshore support vessels that must maintain their positions next to oil rigs to within a couple of metres. On board Crystal Blue, however, this system allows the yacht to remain in the right spot on the water – without using an anchor – and ‘follow the sun’ across the sky to ensure sunbathers can enjoy the “optimum tanning angle” while lounging on deck.

    The bridge console is based on the Unified Bridge design that Rolls-Royce has already delivered to a number of ship types, including large superyachts. It also features technology Rolls-Royce and Svitzer demonstrated in the first remote controlled commercial tug earlier this year.

    The Rolls-Royce Blue Ocean team has also incorporated some novel safety features into the design, namely a ‘safe room’; a citadel in which guests and crew can seek refuge in the event of an unauthorised boarding. Once inside, the crew can override the controls and operate the yacht remotely or direct a shore-based centre to pilot the vessel.

    Designed for 12+ passengers and 12 crew, the 62 metre Crystal Blue is based on a composite or aluminium hull operating a power plant based on the Rolls-Royce hybrid LNG/Battery SAVe-CUBE system configuration.

    The machinery consists of twin LNG-fuelled 16V4000 MTU M65-N generator sets working in parallel with a battery bank to provide 1MWh of genset-free power during port stays. Two low-weight carbon Azipull thrusters provide propulsive power to achieve maximum service speeds of 20 knots.

    Although LNG fuel is increasingly specified for commercial vessels, particularly coastal ferries, the size of the fuel tanks and a lack of LNG bunkering infrastructure has been a major barrier to the yacht sector embracing the cleaner, odourless fuel.

    Operating in convoy, Blue Shadow is a smaller 42 metre, remotely-controlled, steel-hulled support vessel used for transporting and launching the mother ship’s tender, helicopter and any other ‘toys’ that the yacht owner may have. It also allows designers to make better use of the aft area of Crystal Blue for guests, such as by including an infinity pool, or a beach area. The shadow boat also doubles up as the owner’s personal LNG bunkering barge.




2017 November 22

08:07 Further SharpEye™ order for Pakistan Navy Submarine upgrade
07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled prozero workboats
16:51 Sea Port of St.Peterburg completed another stage of machinery modernization
16:34 Hapag-Lloyd announces vessel delay and port omission on WAN service
16:27 MOL and joint PBCF developers attend 2017 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award ceremony
16:17 MMT starts offshore geophysical survey for AQUIND Interconnector
15:54 Gazprom and Shell discuss LNG projects and Nord Stream 2
15:35 IMO’s technical cooperation activities have received a boost of US$1.0 million
15:11 Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia
14:52 Djibouti Regional Training Centre equipped with modern computer-based training simulator
14:33 FESCO delivered equipment from Shanghai to Moscow for Chinese CRCC to construct the Moscow metro stations
14:14 Great Lakes takes delivery of Ellis Island, largest hopper dredge in the USA
13:42 State-of-the-art dredger launched with Wärtsilä propulsion system
13:28 Cummins to feature EPA Tier 4 QSK38 clean diesel engine at International Workboat Show
13:05 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Kola Yard project (photo)
12:23 EU NAVFOR confirms the names of the attacked vessels as Galerna III and MV Ever Dynamic
11:58 Assembling of Crimea Bridge’s motor vehicle part completed at one of the four sea sections (photo)
11:25 Lisbon, Portugal will host LPG Europe Summit in March 2018
11:00 RF Navy's Pacific Fleet warship detachment leaves Thailand
10:37 RadiantFleet announces agreement with Clearwater Ship Management
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
09:53 Gazprom and Mitsubishi discuss cooperation prospects in LNG sector
09:30 NIBULON shipyard put into operation its new assembly and fabrication workshop
09:12 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 November 20

18:06 Shipping must be economically sustainable if it is to deliver on environmental sustainability, ICS tells OECD
17:51 Port of Goole supports region’s green future
17:29 Government of Germany сontinues support to WMU
17:06 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
16:44 Sovcomflot posts operating profit over 9M’17 rising by 50.5% to USD 131.2 million
16:18 New sugar terminal to be constructed at the Port of Gdansk
16:00 Wärtsilä to deliver high efficiency and low emissions for new Viking Line ferry
15:55 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company expands its activities in foreign waters
15:30 IMO takes part in Green Ship Technology North America Conference
15:04 Cammell Laird issues EU worker statement
14:46 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 35.12 mln t of cargo in 10M’17, up 5.5% Y-o-Y
14:29 National Fish Resources to invest RUB 3-4 bln in creation of a fishery cluster in the Kaliningrad Region
14:08 RS class: gas carriers “BORIS VILKITSKY” and “FEDOR LITKE” delivered to the customer
13:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,821 in RF spot market
13:14 Damen launches cutting-edge Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Fisheries Ministry
13:01 Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners
12:43 IMO’s Jan De Boer participated at the LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference in London
12:22 International seminar on mutual cooperation between IMO, WMU and KMOU held in Busan, Republic of Korea
12:01 Maersk Line and Damco deliver a block train solution for Decathlon
11:36 JMSDF’s destroyer Hamagiri arrives in Vladivostok
11:12 Onezhsky Shipyard launches floating bridges built for a residential area in Petrozavodsk (photo)
10:50 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 7.7% to 17.26 mln TEUs in 10M’17
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 2.09% to $45.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.62
10:05 Nonius Engineering supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:43 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga performs unique unloading operation (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,371 points
09:08 EU NAVFOR’s Italian ship Virginio Fasan chases and captures suspected pirates
08:18 First shipload of liquefied natural gas to Northern Finland delivered to Manga LNG terminal

2017 November 19

17:31 Wison signs MOU with Shanghai Electric for medium large floating LNG power solution
17:22 Tomini Shipping places order for three Kamsarmaxes