Hybrid LFC is Norway’s Ship of the YearRo Vision is the 2020 Ship of the Year. Photo: Jarle Gunnarstein/Larsnes Mek Verksted

Live Fish Carrier Ro Vision has taken this year’s Ship of the Year award. The prize goes to a Norwegian ship built at a Norwegian yard, and this is the industry’s most prestigious award for ship technology and innovation.

“This year’s winner shows that there is a focus on lower emissions and increased safety,” said Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen.

Competition between the nominees was tough, but the chairman of the jury, Skipsrevyen editor Gustav-Erik Blaalid, said that Ro Vision will set a standard for new vessels in this sector.

“Looking to the future, it could be of interest to rebuild existing vessels according to this standard. The total environmental benefit will be significant,” he said, commenting that the award is a great recognition to the LFC industry which has given Norwegian ship technology and design a world leading status.

Ro Vision’s background goes back to the pioneer Ro Arctic, the first live fish carrier based on the LFC2020 design. This was an Innovation Norway-supported project with the goal of developing the next generation of LFC’s. Ro Arctic was completed in 2014 and had extensive design, analysis and good co-operation between the shipowners Rostein AS and Naviera Orca Chile SA, ship designer Skipskompetanse AS and shipyard Larsnes Mek Verksted AS.

This project was soon followed by an extended and more optimised version of the design with Ro Server. During the years up to 2018, Ro North, Ro West and Ro Fortune were also built based on the Ro Server design.

Work on Ro Vision began in 2018, based on the experience of the initial series, and the decision was taken to replace one genset with a 600kWh battery pack.

Ro Vision, together with her sister vessel Ro Venture, has now also set a new standard for an environmentally friendly operating profile by installing a battery pack. This demonstrates that generators are needed in operation. The battery pack supplies power to the switchboard, which distributes this to propulsion and other operations of the vessel’s system.

Ship of the Year is awarded annually to a Norwegian built vessel at a Norwegian shipyard.

Skipsrevyen’s readers nominate candidates and the jury picks the winner. The partners of Skipsrevyen’s Ship of the Year Award are NME(Norske Maritime Eksportører), NTNU, Norges Rederiforbund, Norsk Industri, Maritime Bergen, Norske Skipsverft og Maritimt Forum.

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