New Helgoland Catamaran to get MTU engines & Kamewa waterjets from Rolls-Royce

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Rolls-Royce has received an order from the Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) Shipping Group in Flensburg to supply four 16-cylinder MTU Series 4000 engines and four Kamewa S71 waterjets. They have been chosen to power a new 56 metre long catamaran to be constructed by the Australian shipyard Austal. The new high-speed ferry is to replace the popular Halunder Jet operated by FRS Helgoline and takeover its Hamburg – Wedel – Cuxhaven – Helgoland route. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The Förde Reederei Seetouristik Shipping Group has favoured MTU products for many years now. The Halunder Jet, which is currently in service, and a further 7 high-speed ferries operated by the shipping group on international ferry and catamaran lines, are all powered by MTU’s Series 4000, 2000 and 396 engines. The Halunder Jet has been operating a shuttle service to Helgoland every day between April and October since 2003, and during this time has completed 22,000 hours of reliable operation.

In the choice of engines for the new catamaran, the technical concept of the Series 4000 Ironmen engines was a major factor. With its common rail fuel injection system, it is very economical and friendly to the environment. The extremely robust Series 4000 Ironmen version was developed specifically for work boats in 2008 and is particularly liked for its extended maintenance intervals and low fuel consumption.

Jan Kruse, CEO of Förde Reederei Seetouristik said: “We made a conscious decision in favour of the Ironmen from MTU. We were very impressed by the extended maintenance intervals, combined with what is nevertheless an excellent power to weight ratio and the low fuel consumption. The MTU engines were thus the right choice for us, but their dynamic acceleration behaviour was also a key factor, of course.”

The new design of the high-speed ferry also features several impressive key technologies, including an optimised hull form designed to minimise both fuel consumption and wake wash. This makes the catamaran ideal for operating on the River Elbe and on the North Sea between Helgoland and the Port of Hamburg. During the development of the twin-hulled vessel, both the shipping company and the shipyard also focused their attention in particular on seaworthiness and passenger comfort.

The all-aluminium catamaran is scheduled to begin ferrying as many as 692 passengers on each crossing as of spring 2018. The high-speed ferry, which can operate at speeds of up to 35 knots, will thus increase the daily capacity on the Hamburg – Helgoland catamaran line by 20 per cent compared with the Halunder Jet, which is currently in operation. After it is retired from service, it will go to Clipper Navigation, an FRS subsidiary, and support the expansion of the services in North West America.

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About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation applications. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. We have three common themes across all our businesses:
    • Investing in and developing engineering excellence
    • Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes
    • Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £13.8 billion in 2016, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £80 billion at the end of 2016.
  6. In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

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