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Netherlands Heesen Shipyard reives Award from Rolls-Royce for the installation of 600,000 BHP

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Over 100 luxury yachts fitted out with MTU engines

Diesel and hybrid propulsion systems

Technology partnership that has lasted for over 30 years

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – Rolls-Royce and Heesen Yachts, the Dutch shipyard and the leading manufacturer of displacement and semi-displacement motor yachts, have enjoyed a close collaborative partnership for decades in the field of marine propulsion technology. It has resulted in numerous internationally acclaimed superyachts equipped with MTU engines. The shipyard has now received an award from MTU – for a total installed power of 600,000 bhp. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

 “The partnership between Heesen Yachts shipyard and MTU is something very special,” Knut Müller, Head of the Marine and Government Business Division at MTU, emphasises. “We have delivered a total of more than 220 engines to Heesen for more than 100 yachts and, in doing so, have together refined and enhanced the propulsion systems we design for luxury yachts. With the presentation of this award for installing MTU engines with a total output of 600,000 bhp, we would like to express our sincerest thanks to Heesen for this successful partnership.”


Future-proof propulsion systems – the more than 30 years

The visit of the Heesen delegation to Friedrichshafen and the presentation of the award to Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen, demonstrated how closely the success stories of the two companies are linked. The first joint project in 1983 was soon to be succeeded by more projects that excelled each other as they met the growing demands of the yacht owners with regard to size and comfort. By the end of the 80s, Heesen had already caused a sensation with the construction of “Octopussy”, a 38-metre yacht fitted out with three 16-cylinder MTU engines (Series 396) that had been named after the famous James Bond film of the same name. This was followed up in 2010 by the first 20V 4000 engines installed in the multi award-winning “Galactica Star”. The high point to date is the “Galactica Super Nova”, which was launched last year – a 70-metre long luxury yacht equipped with a pair of MTU 20V 4000 engines, coupled with a Rolls-Royce waterjet. The outstanding performance of the propulsion system, combined with a newly designed, lightweight aluminium hull, gives the yacht a top speed of 30 knots, despite its size.

“Reliability and cutting-edge technology are decisive for us and for our customers. This is why we use MTU engines for our superyachts,” says Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen, explaining the reason for the long-standing relationship with MTU.

Vibration-free and whisper quiet – something James Bond could only dream of

With their joint “Nova Hybrid” project, Heesen and MTU have already taken another step forward in propulsion technology. The combined output of 1,200 kW from the diesel engines (2 MTU 12V 2000 M61 units) and 220 kW from the electric motors provide the owner with exceptional benefits in terms of increased comfort, acceleration, fuel efficiency and manoeuvrability. As early as the beginning of July 2017, Heesen announced that it had delivered the world’s first hybrid-powered, 50-metre long fast displacement luxury yacht to its owner under its new name HOME. When cruising at a speed of 9 knots, the yacht is absolutely silent and vibration-free – James Bond would certainly have been impress

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.

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.

With best regards,

Silke Rockenstein

Spokeswoman Trade Media

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG


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Board of Management:

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Marcus A. Wassenberg

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 July 2017 )