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Thordon Keeps M5 Yacht Sailing

One of the projects Canada’s Thordon Bearings is most proud to be associated with is that of the Mirabella V, which has been operating the company’s SXL and COMPAC bearings continually for more than 15 years.The M5, formerly named Mirabella V, designed by Ron Holland Designs, was built by VT Shipbuilding of Woolston, UK in 2003. The 77m flybridge sloop, with a beam of 14.8m (48.5 ft) and a height of 88.5m (290.3 ft) to the top of the carbon mast, is the largest single-masted sailing ship ever built.The single-mast sloop sail design was chosen in order to maximize the accommodation space…

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New MTU Hybrid Propulsion Systems Introduced

As of 2020, Rolls-Royce will launch a range of completely integrated MTU hybrid ship propulsion systems onto the market. The propulsion systems will be made available for yachts, workboats, ferries and patrol boats in a power range extending from around 1,000 kilowatts to 4,000 kilowatts per powertrain.“The combination of diesel engines and electric motors, in addition to batteries, will offer our customers significant benefits in a variety of marine applications. The most important being efficiency…

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SMS Completes HSC Refit in Cherbourg

SMS, a ship repair and marine engineering service company based in Southampton, has completed its first major high speed craft (HSC) refit in France. Last week, SMS docked the HSC Condor Rapide on the Port Normands Associe’s (PNA) ship lift at the Port of Cherbourg in France.The Rolls-Royce syncrolift is 90m x 32m and offers a 3000T lift capacity. Located just 75 miles from Southampton on the UK's south coast, it is a more effective solution for Solent centric operators than the ship repair yards in the North East and South West of England.Chris Norman…

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Rolls-Royce to Display MTU Series 2000 Engines in Miami

Rolls-Royce will showcase the complete MTU Series 2000 yacht engine family at the Miami Yacht Show, Feb. 15 – 19, 2018. Located in [BG 300 Ramp 3], MTU’s booth will highlight the full range of Series 2000 M96L EPA T3R engine configurations – the 10V, 12V and 16V – as well as the updated Joystick Control System, which now features Heading Hold capability. This new functionality caters to kite fisherman requiring a controlled boat drift for natural bait presentation. MTU’s Premium Yacht Service (PYS)…

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Rolls-Royce Yacht Concept Features Hybrid Propulsion

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new luxury yacht concept designed to showcase the advantages of advanced ship intelligence solutions and hybrid propulsion based on LNG fuel and battery power. Introduced during the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF) in Amsterdam, the Crystal Blue yacht and its attendant support vessel Blue Shadow have been developed to enable new thinking in yacht design and propulsion by optimizing the yacht’s super structure for greater guest use and comfort. One of the…

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Rolls-Royce to Power Ice Class Super Yacht

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide the propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice classified super yacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi. The King Shark allows the owner the freedom to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean and the freezing conditions of Antarctica in luxury.The vessel is equipped with amenities such as a soundproof cinema room, fully equipped gym, spa and massage room and owner cabin with large private terrace and round pool.

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Rolls-Royce Showcases New Yacht Engine at FLIBS

Rolls-Royce will be marketing the 10-cylinder version of its advanced MTU Series 2000 M96L yacht engine at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Nov. 3 to 7 . A 12-cylinder version of the engine will be showcased at MTU’s booth (engine tent 1212/1215). Also on display will be MTU’s Blue Vision New Generation ship automation with integrated Joystick System, which will allow visitors to steer a virtual yacht in a simulation. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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Rolls-Royce to Provide Propulsion System to Benetti

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with the Italian yacht builder Benetti to deliver a new generation of high performance, lightweight steerable thruster that makes comprehensive use of carbon fiber material for the first time. “Efficient and lightweight propulsion is key to reducing the environmental impact of a modern yacht,” said Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti, CEO. “We have been working closely with Rolls-Royce on a journey towards an excellent propulsion system for our new line of exclusive megayachts.

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SCIBS Showcases Luxury Boating Brands

With just days to go, the upcoming 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has announced its second wave of major brands set to wow crowds from May 19 to 22. Kicking off on Thursday, the premier annual marine industry event is set to showcase more than $150 million in luxury boats and accessories and will see major global, Australian and Queensland debuts by some of the world’s most renowned names in the boating industry. A mix of major brands have been confirmed in an additional wave of exhibitor announcements…

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Rolls-Royce to Deliver MTU Engines to Bilgin Yachts

MTU Turkey has signed a contract with Istanbul-based Bilgin Yachts for the supply of six MTU engines. These will be deployed to power two 47.6-m Bilgin 156 motor yachts, as well as the largest yacht ever built in Turkey in its class – the Bilgin 263. Bilgin Yachts recently won the construction order for the 80.1-m superyacht from a long-standing customer. It will be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines. Bilgin also decided to embark on the construction of two 47.6-m motor yachts – each of which will be powered by an MTU 12V 2000 M72 unit. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce Spotlights MTU at Miami Yacht Event

Rolls-Royce will be highlighting its MTU Premium Yacht Service along with its recently unveiled MTU Series 2000 M96 pleasure craft engine and Joystick Control System during Yachts Miami Beach, February 11–15, 2016. Tailored to meet the most demanding customer requirements, MTU’s Premium Yacht Service streamlines the full range of MTU ValueCare products into one customizable, tailor-made package. Show attendees will be able to learn about the suite of dedicated service and support offerings including a best-in-class Extended…

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MTU's Yacht Offerings on Display in Monaco

Press release - Rolls-Royce will present MTU propulsion systems and automation products for megayachts at the Yacht Show in Monaco from September 23-26, 2015. On show on Stand QC9 on the Quai Chicane there will be a model of an MTU Type 20V 4000 M93 engine combined with an electric motor in a hybrid configuration. Visitors will be shown a variety of drive modes from silent mode through to electric mode. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

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Roll-Royce, SunSeeker Agree on MTU Engine Contract

Press release - Rolls-Royce and British luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International have agreed a new general contract for the supply of MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000 engines for a range of yachts including three new models. The contract, announced at the Southampton Boat Show, will see MTU engines power the new Sunseeker 95, 116 and 131 Yachts. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. The new Series 2000 M96L engine…

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MTU's New Yacht Offerings on Display

At the Yachting Festival in Cannes from September 8-13, 2015, Rolls-Royce is presenting the latest MTU propulsion systems and automation products for yachts and the Premium Yacht Service global customer service and support program, which is tailored specifically to the yacht market. Making its debut on Stand JETEE153 will be a remote control desk featuring the latest Pininfarina-design bridge components together with a simulator that will allow visitors to test out all functions. The new bridge components will be on the market from spring 2016.

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LNG-powered Fjord Line Ferries 'World's Cleanest'

Fjord Line's liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered newbuildings have claimed a new title as the 'world's cleanest ferries'. The Bergensfjord and Stavangerford have won the respective first and second places on the World Ports Climate Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which measures the emissions of over 3000 ships. The LNG-fuelled ferries are both powered by four Rolls-Royce BV12PG gas engines that drive highly efficient Rolls-Royce PROMAS integrated rudder and propellers. Of the 3194 ships currently on the ESI list…

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Rolls-Royce to Showcase MTU Yacht Innovations

Rolls-Royce said it will showcase several innovations designed for the pleasure craft market at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, February 12-16. The MTU exhibit will feature Premium Yacht Service, a global, 24/7 support offering provided under the MTU ValueCare brand, the recently unveiled MTU Series 2000 M96 pleasure craft engine and the company’s newly available Joystick System. MTU will be located at Ramp 15, Slip 404 along Collins Ave in Miami Beach. MTU’s Premium Yacht Service streamlines the full range of MTU ValueCare products into one customizable, tailor-made package.

Rolls-Royce Debuts MTU SERIES 2000 Yacht Engine

Rolls-Royce’s new generation MTU Series 2000 M96 yacht engine is EPA Tier 3-compliant and offers enhanced acceleration and low fuel consumption in 12-cylinder ratings from 1700 to 1920 bhp and 16-cylinder ratings from 2185 to 2600 bhp of power. During recent sea trials, the new generation 16V 2000 M96L impressed with faster acceleration and outstanding maneuverability.        www.rolls-royce.com (As published in the December 2014 edition of Marine News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeNews)

Norwegian ship builder Kleven has secured a new contract for a high specification, 116-metre long Expedition Support Vessel.

Kleven Wins New Yacht Contract

Norwegian ship builder Kleven has secured a new contract for a high specification, 116-metre long Expedition Support Vessel. The order is placed by Mr Graeme Hart, who currently has another vessel of the same type under construction at Kleven Verft. This new vessel is almost ten metres longer than the vessel currently under construction at the yard, and is of type MT 5006 MKII ESV, designed by Norwegian ship design company Marin Teknikk in cooperation with Naval Architect Kyle Dick of New Zealand based Oscar Mike Naval Architects.

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A USV Franchise Grows Strong in Abu Dhabi

As the evolution and integration of robotics in maritime vehicles continues to reshape missions and capabilities inland, near-shore and at sea, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News last month was on hand in Abu Dhabi for the unveiling of a new Unmanned Surface Vessel family. If it delivers as designed, it will revolutionize marine robotic vehicle applications for both military and commercial purposes. Robert J. Murphy is certainly no stranger to the world of autonomous robotic marine vehicles, having worked in the field for more than a quarter of a century, dating to the mid-1980s.