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Thursday, November 25, 2021 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Zhenjiang Shipyard have agreed to jointly explore business opportunities, integrating the technical strength and business insight of both parties, and enhancing their competitiveness in the commercial marine market.

The agreement’s initial focus is on jointly promoting the development of tugs with mtu high-speed engines in China. Zhenjiang Shipyard enjoys a leading position in China in the field of specialised workboats.

Yan Guo, President, Zhenjiang Shipyard, said: “Zhenjiang Shipyard is a leading manufacturer of special vessels, especially of full-rotary tugboats, marine workboats and public vessels and has strong R&D capabilities. With the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement, we will promote the application of mtu high-speed engines in full-rotary tugboats and marine workboats. We hope to achieve encouraging results with the joint efforts of both sides.”

Eugenia Valente, President, Rolls-Royce Solutions Greater China, said: “During our first visit to Zhenjiang Shipyard, my team and I were very impressed by the scale of the yard, but most and foremost by the passion the management and staff showed. We need strong and trusted partners such as Zhenjiang Shipyard to succeed in China, one of the most important markets for us at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.”

Both parties see great potential in the market for high-speed marine engines in mainland China and globally. For the application in tugs, high-speed engines with a speed of more than 1000 rpm bring several advantages, such as the vessels can be built in a more compact way and are thus more manoeuvrable, making them especially suitable for narrow and sheltered waters such as natural deep-water harbours. High-speed engines also help operators save fuel and thus reduce operating costs while at the same time minimising CO2 emissions. So far, Rolls-Royce has sold more than 480 mtu engines for tugs and workboats which successfully serve with customers worldwide.

Mtu marine engines are widely used globally, providing high power while offering more maintenance space, and fully meeting the requirements of high-performance tugs for speed, operability, volume and weight. In addition, thanks to the application of high-pressure common rail and electronic injection, mtu marine engines offer high low-load torque, low fuel consumption and maintenance convenience.

The signing of this strategic agreement is strengthening and consolidating the cooperation between the two parties in China’s market for high-speed engine powered tugs and workboats. It is considered conducive to promoting both parties’ technical and service capabilities to better serve the increasingly specialised marine market which demands the highest quality.

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