Rolls-Royce’s new mtu engines, a new mtu ship automation system, and new mtu Go! tool for remote service have been retrofitted on board Balearia’s high speed ferry ‘Avemar Dos’.
Four mtu 20V1163 M84 units have replaced the 1163 units previously fitted. Fuel consumption – and with it CO2 emissions – is claimed to be 8% lower than with the previous propulsion system, while delivering the same power output, but with a 33% reduction in NOx emissions, thereby meeting the requirements of the IMO Tier II emissions standard.
The ferry’s automation system has also been renewed. This system not only controls and monitors engines and gearboxes, but also several other crucial ship systems, such as fuel tanks and on board generator sets.
This new system is fitted with new software, new screens and computers with interfaces to other systems on board. The digital platform mtu Go! allows the customer to remotely access the vessel’s operating data at any time, monitor its condition and predictively plan maintenance.
Pablo Vivancos, Rolls-Royce Solutions Iberica Sales General Manager, said, “The ’Avemar Dos’ is now the fourth Balearia ferry to be powered by mtu. Several of these ferries are supported by mtu value care maintenance agreements, individually tailored to suit each vessel. We’re very proud to be Balearia’s trusted partner.”
‘Avemar Dos’ was built in 1996 by the Austal shipyard in Australia. She entered service in 1997 and following several changes of owner was taken over by ferry operator Balearia in 2008.
She originally served the Strait of Gibraltar route between Algeciras and Ceuta but now sails between the Spanish mainland port of Denia and the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Majorca. The 82 m long ferry can accommodate 855 passengers and 174 vehicles.
In addition, the ‘Ramon Lull’ high-speed ferry was recently re-powered using mtu engines – in this case Series 4000 units. Other high-speed ferries, such as ’Nixe’ and ‘HSC Formentera Direct’, have used mtu propulsion since entering into service.