Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to provide its Kamewa waterjet propulsion units and MTU series engines for three ferries that will operate between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.

The 42m high-speed, lightweight carbon fibre vessels will be manufactured at the Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway.

Zhongshan-Hong Kong Passenger Shipping will operate the ferries, two of which will be designed to carry 300 passengers and to operate at a maximum speed of 40k.

Both the ferries will feature a quadruple Kamewa type S56-4 waterjet installation and four MTU 12V 2000M72 engines.

The third ferry will have the capacity to carry 230 passengers, with a maximum operating speed of 37k.

It will be powered by two MTU engines 16V 2000M72, each driving a type S63-4 waterjet.

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Brødrene Aa CEO Tor Øyvin Aa said: “With vessels operating long hours at speeds of 40k you really capitalise on the benefits of carbon fibre construction.

“Lighter vessels render lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

“Zhongshan-Hong Kong Passenger Shipping will operate the ferries, two of which will be designed to carry 300 passengers and to operate at a maximum speed of 40k.”

“The lightweight and high-power capabilities of the Kamewa steel series waterjets, along with the proven power output and reliability of MTU engines in fast ferries, makes Rolls-Royce a logical choice for this type of vessel.

“However, the shipowners as always took the final decision about the main components, including the main engines and the waterjets.”

Brødrene Aa has also placed a separate order with Rolls-Royces for the delivery of propulsion units for two 42m high-speed ferries that will serve routes in the north of Norway.

Nordland Fylkeskommune county municipality has ordered the carbon fibre ferries, which will be deployed at the Bodø-Sandnessjøen and Bodø-Svolvær coastal routes, jointly known as Nordlandekspressen.

Each of the vessels will be able to accommodate 220 passengers along with 16 freight pallets weighing a total of 8t.