Rolls-Royce and MB92 Group join forces to propel sustainable solutions for superyacht fleet
Posted on September 26, 2023
- Initial focus will be on moving existing fleet over to to synthetic fuels such as HVO
- Partners to share performance data, R&D initiatives, training programs for sustainable propulsion upgrades
Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems and MB92 Group, a world’s leading superyacht refit, repair and maintenance company with facilities in Spain and France, are entering a formal working partnership to provide sustainable propulsion and energy management systems for the global fleet of existing superyachts. This is part of a broader push to reduce the climate footprint of the industry.
The collaboration published on the occasion of the Monaco Yacht Show (September 27 – 30) will be part of MB92’s “Refit for the Future” service offered at the company’s shipyards in Spain and France.
The new partnership will involve mutual sharing of system performance data, research & development initiatives, technical training, and the establishment of best practices for smooth installations. Providing climate friendly propulsion solutions will be key to lowering the climate footprint of the industry in a relatively short timeframe. The two partners see potential both in equipping existing yachts with environmentally friendly engines that also have particulate filters and SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment and in performing retrofits with hybrid drives.
“We want to be the proactive ambassadors for a clean and climate friendly superyacht operation and with the alternative fuel like HVO and others it’s easy to take the first step”, Rolls-Royce and MB92 stated.
Focus will initially be directed towards moving the fleet towards synthetic fuels such as BtL (Biomass to Liquid), HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and PtL (Power to Liquid) such as e-diesel, also known as EN15940 fuels. All of them can replace conventional diesel fuel in mtu Series 2000 and 4000 engines without any adjustments – most of them are already released for EN15940 use.
HVO provides an up to 90% decrease in emissions with no compromise on power output, providing the fuel is available. An existing yacht with engines that are not HVO-compatible can be refitted with modern mtu engines and thus be operated in a much more climate-friendly way than before. In parallel, the partners will look to integrate more advanced solutions as soon as possible in alignment with Rolls-Royce’s ongoing R&D efforts on methanol-based solutions and other innovative alternatives.
Denise Kurtulus, Vice President Global Marine at Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems, stated, “While new generation systems can be easily applied to new build designs, integrating next-generation systems into existing hull designs is a complex task. Our collaboration with MB92 Group, known for their expertise in superyacht refit, brings exciting possibilities for our clients.”
MB92 Group CEO, Jean-Marc Bolinger, said: “I believe that there is great potential for those willing to take the initiative on driving progress in sustainability. The agreement further reflects our commitment to supporting the existing superyacht fleet in reducing their environmental impact. Rolls Royce’s advancements, particularly in areas such as Methanol optimisation, are really encouraging. Our role is to combine our skills to facilitate the addition of these solutions to refit worklists more regularly.”
MB92 Group is committed to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future for the superyacht industry. Alongside efforts to lower their own impact, “Refit for the Future” is a new service tailored for superyacht owners looking to reduce the environmental impact of their yachts, trim operating and financing costs, and protect re-sale value.
Benefits of HVO
- HVO is already available to buy.·
- As HVO is a drop-in fuel, no adjustments are necessary for most diesel engines that are approved for HVO use. It is advisable however, to check elastomer seals regularly in the first four weeks following a switchover to HVO.·
- The storage stability of pure HVO is substantially higher than that of pure Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) biodiesel, or HVO / FAME mixtures, and even fossil diesel fuel B7. That makes HVO particularly attractive to operators of standby power systems.·
- Our tests have confirmed that there are usually no differences in the released mtu common rail engines in terms of their maximum power, load acceptance and fuel consumption - regardless of whether they are fuelled with HVO or diesel.·
- Depending on the fuel manufacturing process, CO2 emissions fall by up to 90%. Particulate emissions fall by over 40%. Nitrogen oxide emissions are up to 8% lower.
About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc
- Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea and on land. Our products and service packages enable our customers to connect people, societies, cultures and economies together; they meet the growing need for power generation across multiple industries; and enable governments to equip their armed forces with the power required to protect their citizens.
- Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers. To meet customer demand for more sustainable solutions, we are committed to making our products compatible with net zero carbon emissions.
- Annual underlying revenue was £15.409bn in 2023 and underlying operating profit was £1,590m.
- Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is a publicly traded company (LSE: RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69)
- Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs more than 9,500 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for missioncritical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids and is intensively engaged in the development of climate-neutral solutions.
About MB92 Group
MB92 Group is an internationally renowned specialist in the field of superyacht maintenance, refit and repair, managing state-of-the-art shipyards strategically located in Barcelona and La Ciotat.
Founded in 1992 as Marina Barcelona 92 SA, the Group manages approximately 200 projects each year on superyachts up to 180 metres in length and has a growing workforce of 350 employees.
Projects are led by an experienced project management team supported by leading in-house technical knowledge and a global network of suppliers. Together, they bring passion, determination and expertise to each project to deliver on time and on budget.
MB92’s approach centres around proactive investment in people and facilities, aimed at continually adding value for their clients and communities. The Group strives to deliver excellence in superyacht refit and maintenance worldwide by listening, learning and innovating to grow its business sustainably and develop solutions that provide a positive impact for the superyacht industry.
In 2023, MB92 Group launched "Refit for the Future!", the world's first dedicated sustainability refit service tailored for superyacht owners looking to reduce the environmental impact of their yachts, reduce operating and financing costs, and protect re-sale value.
Squircle Capital, an established and innovative pan-European private equity firm with a demonstrable track record of transforming assets through thoughtful vision and purposeful management, has been the main shareholder since 2019.