Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG is to provide more sustainable engine options for yacht owners, extending its mtu Series 4000 range. These engines are already IMO Tier III-compliant and suitable for large yachts.
April 2022 will see launch of the mtu Series 2000 engines, with exhaust gas aftertreatment, for production yachts, the company said. These will be followed in 2023 by other hybrid engine options specifically for the yacht sector.
The hybrid range, based on mtu Series 2000 engines with variable electric power, will provide power output of about 1,000 kW to 1,939 kW per powertrain. Engines will be supplied in a modular building arrangement, with standard components, adaptable for yachts of different types and sizes.
Nicola Camuffo, head of the Rolls-Royce Power Systems Competence Centre in La Spezia, Italy, revealed that the company will present its new mtu engine options at upcoming yacht events in Cannes and Monaco. “More new technologies will follow to help yacht manufacturers and operators achieve their sustainability goals and those of the Paris Climate Agreement,” she said.
The new engines will increase operational flexibility for yacht owners in sea regions where emission regulations are already in place. These include Emission Control Areas around the North American coast, the Caribbean, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Emission restrictions in other sea regions are being considered by various other regulatory authorities.
More sustainable engine options for yachts