Germany-based Rolls-Royce Power Systems has been contracted to manufacture six MTU diesel engines that will be used to propel three double-ended ferries, which are being built at Ceksan shipyard in Turkey.
The engines will be deployed to power car and passenger ferries serving the Gulf of Izmir in the country’s western region, operated by Izmir metropolitan municipality.
Each MTU 16V 4000 M54 engine has been designed to deliver 1,685kW and can reach up to a maximum speed of 1,800rpm. The engine consumes about 416.7l/h of fuel.
Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will install an engine both at the bow and the stern of each of the double-ended ferries.
The engine will enable the symmetrically built vessels to easily change the travel direction after loading and unloading. They will also be capable of reaching speeds of up to 14k by switching one engine.
The first two engines will be shipped to Turkey by November this year, while the remaining four engines will be delivered in 2015. However, they will only be put into operation in 2015 and 2016.
MTU manufactures products for commercial applications such as ferries and workboats, yachts, rail and heavy vehicles.
Image: The new ferries are powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M 54 diesel engines. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.