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Rolls-Royce equips SuperStar Virgo with Promas Lite system

Promas Lite - estimated 5% to 15% in fuel savings
Rolls-Royce has installed the Promas Lite propulsion system on SuperStar Virgo, making it the first vessel in Asia to be equipped with this fuel-saving system. Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and is designed specifically for retrofitting to existing ships.

Norwegian Spirit of sister company Norwegian Cruise Line was installed with Promas Lite in 2011. The efficiency gains and fuel-saving benefits from the first upgrade resulted in this subsequent order from Star Cruises, Rolls-Royce said.

Typical fuel savings for Promas Lite range from 5% to 15%, depending on the type of operation and the performance of the existing propeller. A cruise ship like SuperStar Virgo can expect to generate £800,000 annually in fuel savings and a corresponding carbon dioxide emission reduction of around 4,000 tonnes per year, Rolls-Royce said.

The estimated payback period is two years.

'Based on our previous positive experience with Rolls-Royce, we are confident that this upgrade will enable us to significantly reduce our fuel consumption and environmental impact,' said fleet captain Gustaf Gronberg, svp marine operations and newbuilding for Star Cruises.