Commercial Marine

Marine Propulsion Systems

Leave it to us to find a solution to have you sailing safely and confidently, whatever your vessel.

Our years of experience in ship propulsion mean that you're not only getting a world-renowned partner, but an expert in standardization and reliable marine propulsion, too.  Our propulsion solutions power vessels from small-windfarm crew boats to large fast ferries or offshore supply vessels. Whatever your need, with mtu products you can be confident that you'll be sailing efficiently and safely.  We start by providing comprehensive engineering and technical support for the design and implementation of your vessel’s propulsion system.     

Our application engineering team helps you to reduce design, installation and commissioning costs. A combination of a diesel engine and gearbox, on-board power supply and ship automation come together to create a single ship propulsion system which is both reliable and cost-effective. That's because mtu engines and propulsion systems are characterized by their high power density, low weight, and excellent response behavior as well as simple operation, optimized maintenance and low lifecycle costs while maintaining long TBOs (time between overhauls).

Modular solutions

We don't do generic solutions. Each one is designed to fulfill your specific demands, reliably and economically.

Expert engineering support

Take advantage of our engineers' wealth of experience, wherever you are in the world.

Get up and running quickly

Our support for individual, flexible system solutions in your vessel begins right at the first planning step.

Full lifecycle support

mtu ValueCare ensures maximum performance and lasting value, with a complete portfolio of service and support solutions.

Ship propulsion systems that are tailored to your needs

Our unique solutions are designed to help you sail smoothly and safely.

Hybrid drive systems

Hybrid propulsion systems such as e-Drive systems are ideal if you are looking for minimum emissions, lower operating costs and maximum ease of use. What's more, conventional E-Drive systems can be upgraded using optional battery modules to enable silent, emission-free operations in harbor areas.


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Commercial Marine

Special missions of a service nomad

by Lucie Maluck

It took just 4 ½ weeks for Melik Meddur and his team to perform a major overhaul of the three Series 8000 units powering the ferry HSC Condor Liberation, operated by British operator Condor Ferries. They did the job with the engines in-situ, i.e. in the engine room itself. Quite a feat, but by no means a premiere for Melik. So what's life like for him as a Rolls-Royce 'service nomad'?

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Commercial Marine

Ship of the year sails with mtu

by Lucie Maluck

Thanks to their unparalleled maneuverability and low emissions, two mtu-powered American tugs have won the "Workboat of the Year" award.

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Commercial Marine

"The gas engines purr quietly like kittens"

by Lucie Maluck

It has something of a premiere atmosphere: Europe's first inland ferry powered by a high-speed pure gas engine is about to go into operation on Lake Constance. It is still being diligently tested.

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Commercial Marine

Halunder Jet now safer and more efficient – thanks to NautIQ

by Lucie Maluck, Anne-Katrin Wehrmann

The mtu NautIQ Foresight equipment health management system is ensuring the Halunder Jet catamaran can shuttle back and forth between Hamburg and Heligoland with maximum uptime and minimum fuel consumption.

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New propulsion for catamarans operated by Thames Clippers: Sightseeing in London thanks to mtu Reman engines

25 November 2016

The Thames Clippers line operates twelve catamarans on the Thames in London for tourists and commuters. Since the previous mtu engines reached their maximum operating hours, six vessels have been operating with mtu Reman engines. For Thames Clippers, exchanging with such overhauled engines represented an ideal solution because the catamarans were not out of service.

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Sophisticated solutions to satisfy your unique demands.

Premium gensets are our sophisticated solution designed to satisfy the unique demands of your tailor-made vessel.

The premium genset represents the ideal combination of engineering expertise and highly-developed components. Totally customizable, gensets can be individually configured to provide effective solutions to your most challenging demands . They also come with special technologies such as a Double- Resilient Mounting System with a base frame filled with polymer concrete, together with fully integrated oil, fuel and water systems and a Common Interface Connection Plate which makes for an easy plug-in-and-play installation.

Other benefits include a customized and resilient mounting system for premium acoustic requirements, high-end finishing and painting and pre-installed components for easy installation via a central media plate.       

Ship Automation Systems

Controlling power with intelligent electronics. As a systems supplier, we not only provide you with the perfect propulsion system, but also with automation systems that are adjustable to fit your needs.

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Complete Lifecycle Solutions

mtu engines and systems are built to deliver robust, reliable performance. But our commitment to your success doesn’t end there. For peak performance, longer life and optimized costs, rely on mtu ValueCare - the only service portfolio designed specifically with your equipment in mind.

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mtu Propulsion Configurator

Adjust parameters as appropriate for your ship and your emissions targets, and we will show you the perfect configuration.

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