Rolls-Royce to provide MTU diesel engines for SAR vessels of Turkey


Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply MTU diesel engines for six new search and rescue (SAR) vessels which will be built by Damen Shipyards and operated by the Turkish Coastguard.

Damen was contracted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ankara to build the vessels which will be deployed in the ongoing operations to rescue migrants and refugees from crisis areas along the Turkish coast.

The vessels are designed to operate as lifeboats and will feature an aluminum hull based on Damen’s Axe-Bow technology.

Rolls Royce will equip each vessel with two 8-cylinder MTU Series 2000 engines enabling the vessels o operate at a maximum speed of 33k while being deployed in search and rescue operations.

The vessels will be capable to self-adjust if they capsize as the MTU engines will continue running even when the vessel takes a complete 360° vertical roll around its longitudinal axis.

MTU marine and government business division head Knut Müller said: “We have designed our engines specifically for such difficult operational conditions, including the unlikely event of capsizing.

“They are equipped with a special kit, which ensures that there is sufficient oil available to coat the engine parts with a film of lubricant.”

The project is being financially supported by the European Union and under which the vessels are expected to be delivered this year.


Image: A SAR vessel. Photo: © Rolls-Royce plc.