Rolls-Royce and MTU present new bridge components, propulsion systems

Rolls-Royce and MTU introduced yacht propulsion systems and bridge components Thursday at the Salone Nautico in Genoa, Italy.

Among the items showcased were the Series 2000 M96 engine and the Pininfarina-design bridge components that also allows visitors to simulate their function.

The new engine from MTU consists of either 12 or 16 cylinders that improve on previous iteration's capability to accelerate and to perform within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 exhaust emission standards. The engine's power is rated between 1,268 and 1,939 kilowatts of power.

The bridge components are a result of a collaboration with Italian car manufacturer Pininfarina. The bridge components consist of analogue display instruments alongside digital touch displays and a new design for the control lever.

According to the announcement this bridge system will be made available to shipbuilders in 2016 and the system can be retrofitted to older control decks. It is compatible with MTU's Blue Vision New Generation automation system.

"Since the market launch in 2014, we have already supplied more than 200 engines to clients," MTU Head for Marine and Offshore Business Nadine Buhmann said. "And the new engine is now in use in numerous yachts in Europe and the USA."