Rolls-Royce, Turkish shipyard sign deal for delivery of engines
FRIEDRICHSHAFENRolls-Royce and Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey have signed a contract for the delivery of eight MTU Series 4000 engines for four new terminal tugs, including an option for a further four engines, Rolls-Royce said in a statement on Aug. 15.
The tugs will each be fitted with two 16V 4000 M73L MTU engines, each delivering an output of 2,700 kW (at 1,850 rpm), according to the statement.
The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Sanmar and MTU have been working closely together since 2009, read the statement.
“We were impressed by MTU’s technical support, the service and the reliability of the MTU engines, which is why we will also be equipping our new Robert Allen/ Rastar 2900sx tugs with MTU engines,” Sanmar Shipyards Projects Director Ali Gürün said.
“This is the first time high-speed engines are being used to power harbor tugs in this power class. To date, it has only been possible to use medium-speed engines for harbor tugs with a bollard pull of over 85 tons. We are delighted that we have now been successful in entering this market,” said Knut Müller, the head of the Marine and Government Business Division at MTU.
MTU and Sanmar have signed an additional contract for the delivery of four 16V 4000 M63 engines, each delivering 2,000 kW of power for two tugs with a 70-ton bollard pull, read the statement.
Rolls-Royce operates across five businesses: Civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany.
Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce and Turkey’s Kale Group, a major partner in global and national defense and aerospace industries, in May announced the formation of a joint venture company to target aero engine opportunities in Turkey.