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Thursday, June 4, 2020 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems MTU division's first marine gas engines have successfully run during sea trials in a new environmentally-friendly passenger ferry 'Willem Barentsz', for Dutch company Redereij Doeksen.

The sustainable ferry was planned to enter service in April, but the Covid-19 restrictions delayed its commissioning. Despite these setbacks, Rolls-Royce together with Doeksen and other partners involved found a solution to bring the Willem Barentsz into operational condition.

First of two new aluminium 70m passenger vessels built at Strategic Marine in Vietnam, the ship is powered by two 16-cylinder MTU 4000 gas engines, each rated at 1,492 kW to achieve a maximum speed of 14 knots. Unlike most marine gas engines, these units are intended for LNG-only rather than dual fuel. The two 600-passenger capacity vessels will operate on the Wadden Sea between Harlingen in the Netherlands and the islands of Vlieland and Terschelling.

Knut Müller, Head of Naval and Governmental Business, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: "This successful first test drive is an important milestone for us. And it confirms our claim to be the driving force behind the energy turnaround in the maritime industry."

Martin Teigeler, Head of Engineering at Power Systems, said: "With already 3.000 engines built we are showcasing our expertise in stationary gas engines. With the Doeksen commissioning we are proving our capability to develop mobile high-speed engines. A huge compliment to the entire team and all those aspiring and dedicated people involved in the project who have worked and will continue to work on the mobile gas engines.”

Willem Barentsz is expected to begin passenger service in June 2020 following class acceptance.

"I am really impressed with the mobile MTU gas engines. So far, they have met all our expectations in terms of performance, smooth operation, very low noise and excellent transient behaviour," said Paul Melles, MD Rederij Doeksen.

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