Rolls-Royce launches new engine range

Mon, 15 September 2014

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the first of a new family of medium-speed engines for the marine market that will include versions powered by both diesel and gas.

The new engines are said to offer a 20% increase in power per cylinder, while reducing fuel consumption, emissions and through-life operating costs compared to existing engines in the Rolls-Royce Bergen range.

The first engine, the B33:45 for diesel fuel, was officially launched at the SMM exhibition, taking place in Hamburg this week. The increase in power, compared to the current B32:40-series engines, means the same power demand can be met with fewer cylinders. Rolls-Royce says this results in significantly lower maintenance costs and a more compact engine.

Mikael Makinen, president, marine Rolls-Royce, said: "This new family of engines will deliver what our customers need in terms of cost and the environment, and so I’m delighted to be able to launch the first engine in what will be an extensive range, suited to a wide variety of ships."

"We have been developing this engine over the past three years, and part of its future success will be down to the excellent collaboration and sharing of engine technology between our experts in Bergen, Norway and Friedrichshafen, Germany," he added.

The B33:45 will follow a modular design for ease of production and maintenance. The in-line engine platform will consist of 6, 7, 8 and 9-cylinder variants spanning a power range from 3,600kW to 5,400KW. Later, a V-engine range will be introduced.

The engines are said to be suited to numerous types offshore vessels including anchor handlers, ropax ferries, seismic and subsea construction vessels.

By Rachael Doyle

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