Rolls-Royce showcases latest MTU propulsion systems in Cannes and Monaco
Rolls-Royce is showing off its latest state-of-the-art propulsion systems and service solutions from MTU for motor and sailing yachts at this year’s yacht shows in Cannes and Monaco.
At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, which takes place from 12 to 17 September, MTU will be presenting a new close-to-production prototype hybrid system based on its 16-cylinder Series 2000 engine on Stand Jetee 179. The focus will also be on models of the Pininfarina bridge components and MTU’s Premium Yacht Service.
The latest MTU propulsion solutions for mega yachts will be on display from 27 to 30 September at the Monaco Yacht Show. On Stand QC8, MTU will be presenting its advanced-design Series 4000 engines for IMO III, including MTU’s SCR system. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
Close-to-production prototype hybrid propulsion system for superyachts
A model of the new close-to-production prototype MTU hybrid system based on the 16V 2000 M96 engine will be on display. Yacht owners will benefit from the combination of high performance and efficiency in addition to the sheer comfort and luxury of silent, low-vibration cruising. The MTU hybrid propulsion systems are designed on a modular basis and, depending on the diesel-engine series, will cover various electrical outputs within series solutions.
Stefan Müller, Head of Application Center Marine & Offshore at MTU, said; “Electric motors and hybrid propulsion systems from MTU will be an important mobility component for marine propulsion systems of the future. MTU offers a proven, series solution, which combines the mechanical and electrical components to provide optimum performance through MTU’s automation system.”
Yachts with MTU hybrid propulsion
MTU has delivered an innovative hybrid propulsion system designed to meet the client’s specific requirements for “Sailing Yacht A”, the world’s largest sailing yacht, which was commissioned in spring 2017. This is a combined diesel-electric propulsion system, which offers seven different propulsion modes. When needed, a high speed can be reached using the combination of both diesel and electric propulsion, but can also provide slow, extremely efficient cruising with very low vibration levels and reduced fuel consumption.
In addition to this exceptional project, MTU has also completed additional hybrid projects, in partnership with the Heesen Yachts shipyard, for example. With its “Nova Hybrid” project, Heesen is offering a 50-metre fast displacement luxury yacht in its portfolio, which features a combination of 1,200 kW of diesel power (2 x MTU 12V 2000 M61) and 2 x 110 kW of electrical output. The all-aluminium yacht can travel at a speed of 9 knots on its electrical power source alone, while offering completely silent cruising.
MTU propulsion systems for megayachts (IMO III + II)
MTU will be showcasing its latest generation of Series 4000 engines at the Monaco Yacht Show, which comply with IMO III emission regulations when combined with MTU’s SCR system. The high performance engines for yachts will be available as 12, 16 and 20-cylinder versions covering the power range from 1,920 to 3,900 kW. MTU will still include IMO II engines in its range.
Flexible operation: MTU’s new SCR system
With the new integrated solution for IMO III, consisting of MTU’s propulsion system and SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment system, the customer benefits from an optimally matched system. Taking up little space and offering flexible installation, it features an excellent power to weight ratio. The SCR system from MTU is also flexible in operation: depending on the area (IMO II or IMO III) in which the yacht is sailing, the SCR system can be switched on or off as required.
MTU’s SCR system is a fully controlled system, with real-time nitrogen oxide (NOx) measurement upstream and downstream of the SCR. This also regulates the amount of reactant injected to ensure that it is precise and ideal regardless of the operating conditions. The first IMO III yacht propulsion system with two 16V 4000 M73R MTU engines will be used in a new 80-metre megayacht built by the Bilgin Yachts shipyard in Istanbul.
MTU on board new yachts at the tradeshows
There will be a number of yachts on display at the shows in Cannes and Monaco fitted with MTU engines. In Cannes, they will include the 38-metre long “Skyler” from Benetti (2 x MTU 12V 2000), the “Sunseeker 131” from Sunseeker (2 x MTU 12V 4000). In Monaco, visitors will also have the opportunity to look around Heesen’s “Home” (2 x MTU 12V 2000), for example, and Mangusta’s “165 E series” (4 x MTU 16V 2000).