Rolls-Royce to Power Zhuhai’s New Fast Ferry

UK-based developer and builder of marine engines Rolls-Royce has inked a contract with China’s Afai Southern Shipyard to provide power and propulsion for a third Blue Sea Jet, a fast ferry being built for ship owner and operator Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry.

The vessel, a catamaran, will be driven by twin MTU 16V 4000M70 engines powering Rolls-Royce Kamewa S71-4 waterjets, Rolls-Royce said.

The ferry is the third in a series of Rolls-Royce  powered catamarans to be commissioned by the company.

Scheduled for delivery in September 2017, the catamaran will carry 288 passengers between Zhuhai and Hong Kong, Rolls-Royce said.

In February, Zhuhai took delivery of the first fast ferry, the Hai Qin, which was followed into service by the Hai Jing in March 2016.

Rolls-Royce said that during sea trials, the Hai Qin reached a full load speed of 38 knots. Featuring a length of 41.5 meters and a width of 10 meters, the ferries are driven by MTU 16V 4000 M70 engines delivering 2240kW.

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