Cannes – September 2023 – Rolls-Royce is extending its lineup of integrated mtu propulsion solutions for yachts and will present its expanded “Bridge to Propeller” portfolio at the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 12. The portfolio includes new bridge and automation solutions in collaboration with Team Italia Marine, which Rolls-Royce acquired in July 2023.
Additionally, a partnership with ZF will introduce high-efficiency pod drives to the range. Key elements of this portfolio are the mtu Series 2000 and 4000 yacht engines, now approved for operation with renewable diesel (HVO). These main yacht engines also offer exhaust aftertreatment systems for IMO III regulated areas, and the company is exploring methanol solutions and hybrid propulsion systems.
The fully integrated bridge and automation systems, designed for safety, environmental protection, performance, reliability, and comfort, are a crucial part of the offering. Denise Kurtulus, Vice President Global Marine at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, emphasized the use of artificial intelligence to meet diverse customer requirements effectively, with a focus on safety and performance.
A fully integrated bridge serves as a central hub for captains to access data from propulsion and other ship systems. The integrated bridge will also accommodate autonomous functions, vessel monitoring systems from the mtu NautIQ portfolio, and other data-driven features in the future, according to Nicola Camuffo, Head of the mtu Yacht Competence Center in La Spezia.
Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Team Italia Marine has allowed it to offer innovative bridge and automation solutions that provide enhanced automation and control functionalities. These integrated solutions have found favor with shipyards for motor yachts ranging from 30 to 100 meters in length, particularly Italian builders who hold a strong position in the international market.
Rolls-Royce has approved the main mtu Series 2000 and 4000 yacht engines for EN15940 synthetic diesel fuels, such as renewable diesel (HVO). The company views HVO as a highly effective sustainable solution given its availability. Rolls-Royce is also exploring e-methanol as a promising marine fuel for the future. Methanol offers CO2-neutral yacht operation, along with reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates. Rolls-Royce is actively developing methanol propulsion solutions for yachts and workboats.
In terms of propulsion systems, Rolls-Royce is expanding its portfolio with fuel-efficient and highly maneuverable pod propulsion systems in collaboration with ZF. These systems will be based on the ZF Pod 4600 and mtu Series 2000 engines, offering power up to 1,250 kilowatts (1,700 hp).
Rolls-Royce’s bridge-to-propeller portfolio also includes mtu hybrid solutions, providing quiet and environmentally friendly operation during anchoring and port maneuvering. The mtu Hybrid PropulsionPack integrates mtu diesel engines with electric propulsion modules, batteries, gearbox, control and monitoring systems, and other electronic components. This modular kit allows for tailored propulsion solutions for various vessel types.