Three new high-speed ferries to be delivered to Zhongshan-Hong Kong Passenger Shipping Co-op Co Ltd in June 2019 will be fitted with Rolls Royce’s Kamewa waterjet propulsion units and MTU engines, the engineering firm has announced. The vessels will be built at the Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway.
Two of the three vessels ordered will have a 300-passenger capacity and will operate at a maximum speed of 40 knots. They will have a quadruple Kamewa type S56-4 waterjet installation and four MTU 12V 2000M72 engines. The third will carry 230 passengers, with a maximum operating speed of 37 knots. This ship will be powered by two MTU engines 16V 2000M72, each driving a type S63-4 waterjet.
Knut Müller, Head of Marine and Governmental Business at MTU, said: “China is a very important market with great potential for us. In China and in the region around Hong Kong there are currently over one hundred high-speed ferries fitted with MTU propulsion systems in operation. We are delighted that with Brødrene Aa, with whom we have already collaborated on 25 other ferry projects, we have the opportunity once again of serving the Chinese market.”
According to Tommi Viiperi, General Manager Sales at Rolls-Royce, the contract proves the high trust placed in Kamewa waterjets and MTU engines in Chinese markets.