Rolls-Royce has been contracted by China’s Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) to provide power and propulsion for a new fast ferry for Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry Company.

The new vessel, Blue Sea Jet, is the third in a series of Rolls-Royce powered catamarans to be commissioned by Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry.

As part of the deal, Rolls-Royce will provide two MTU 16V 4000M70 diesel engines and Kamewa S71-4 waterjets for the vessel.

"We were surprised and delighted that the vessel comfortably exceeded the contracted speed of 34k on trial."

Planned to be delivered by September next year, Blue Sea Jet will be able to carry 288 passengers between China’s Zhuhai and Hong Kong.

Afai Technology Center is currently conducting class survey and construction design of the new vessel.

Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company director general manager Liang Kaibin said: “We were surprised and delighted that the vessel comfortably exceeded the contracted speed of 34k on trial.

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“Both our customers and ourselves value the speed, stability and manoeuvrability that the Rolls-Royce equipment has given the vessel.

In February this year, the company took delivery of the first Rolls-Royce-powered catamaran, HAI QIN.

Last month, Rolls-Royce secured a deal, valued at more than €38m, from Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) to provide propulsion and deck machinery for 13 new tugs.

Five of the new tugs will have a direct bollard pull of around 150t.

Image:  Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company’s HAI QIN vessel that entered service in March. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.