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Rolls-Royce Will Supply 8 MTU 16V 4000 M65L Engines for the New Hybrid-Propulsion Tugs

Issue 111 - December 2021

Rolls-Royce has secured a significant contract to supply eight of its MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines for four 80-ton bollard pull tugboats to be built by Detroit Brasil, Ltda. and operated by Starnav Servicos Maritimos Ltda. The new tugs will feature a hybrid propulsion system, combining the MTU engines and MTU Blue Vision New Generation (BVNG) monitoring system with Z-drive thrusters, hybrid components, and controls from Schottel, a manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications.

While Rolls-Royce has supplied MTU Series 4000 engines to Detroit Brasil for several vessel projects in the past, this marks the first time Rolls-Royce will be supplying engines for 80-ton bollard pull tugboats to the company and the first time that the high-performance MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines, which deliver 2560 kW at 1,800 rpm will be used in Latin America. Once the new tugs are entered into service, Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda. will run a total of 96 MTU Series 4000 engines in their fleet of harbor tugs and offshore vessels.