Rolls-Royce engines for new Brazilian tugs

MTU engines will power four new tugs being built at Estaleiro Detroit Brasil (Rolls-Royce) MTU engines will power four new tugs being built at Estaleiro Detroit Brasil (Rolls-Royce)
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Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply engines for a series of tugs being built in Brazil, continuing a long-established relationship with the Itajai-based shipyard.

The order involves Rolls-Royce MTU Series 4000 engines for four new tugs for Alianca Navegacäo, a company owned by Hamburg Süd which uses 16-cylinder MTU Series 4000 propulsion systems throughout its Brazilian tug fleet consisting of seven harbour tugs, two of which are deployed in Säo Francisco in the north of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. The remaining five are reported to be still undergoing commissioning.

The shipyard in question is Estaleiro Detroit Brasil Ltda. Also situated on the coast of Santa Catarina in the city of Itajai, Detroit Brazil is the working branch of Detroit Group Naval Division and describes itself as focussing on repair and construction of medium-sized tonnage including port and offshore tugs, PSVs and similar vessels. It has successfully installed MTU engines in over 30 vessel projects for customers such as Saam Smit Towing.

Sergio Camiruaga, Executive Vice President of Detroit Brasil-Starnav said: “The MTU engines used for example by our subsidiary Starnav in tug boats are convincing in terms of maintenance and fuel consumption, and some of these vessels have been in service for over seven years. We have fourteen 16V 4000M63 units in our fleet and some of them have clocked up almost 30,000 operating hours.”

Mr Camiruaga commented that based on its previous experience in towage applications they had no reservations in recommending to Hamburg Süd that it adopts MTU engines for its worldwide towage operations,” adding: “We have enjoyed good cooperation with MTU and will continue with them in offering good service to the customer.”

All the MTU engines previously delivered to Detroit Brazil have already accumulated over 1,000,000 hours of operation and MTU takes around 30% of the Brazilian offshore market which is seen as an important focal point in a country when it plans to expand its market presence even further.

Knut Müller, Head of Marine and Government Business at Rolls-Royce Power Systems said: “Our experience of vessels and engines gained during this large number of operating hours help us guarantee the customer a level of uptime which is absolutely as high as possible.”

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