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mtu engines from Rolls-Royce to supply new "Peter Wessels" tug in Emden port with 63 tons bollard pull

Posted on November 11, 2020

Germany's westernmost seaport in Emden recently received a powerful addition in the form of the 28-meter-long "Peter Wessels" harbor tug.

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  • Emder Schlepp-Betriebe GmbH puts new harbour tug into operation
  • Rolls-Royce supplied two mtu 16V 4000 engines with a total output of 3,680 kW
  • mtu long-term maintenance contract covers all preventive maintenance

Germany's westernmost seaport in Emden recently received a powerful addition in the form of the 28-meter-long "Peter Wessels" harbor tug. To power the assistance and salvage tug, Rolls-Royce supplied two 16-cylinder mtu Series 4000 engines with a total output of 3,680 kilowatts. The operator, Emder Schlepp-Betriebe GmbH (ESB), purchased the vessel from the Hamburg-based shipping company "Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer GmbH & Co. KG" and recently put it into operation. The special ship was built by the Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands.

With a bollard pull of 63 tons, the "Peter Wessels" is by far the strongest ship in the fleet of the operator ESB in Emden, which has now grown to five tugs. The strongest ESB tug to date can carry 32.4 tons. The seaport is primarily a base port for the Volkswagen Group and Europe's third largest automobile transhipment center - after Zeebrugge and Bremerhaven. Powerful port tugs play a key role in the smooth operation of the cargo ships.

ESB Managing Director Frank Wessels explains: "For us, the tugboat is an investment in the future, as the car cargo ships that will be calling at Emden port in the future will be larger. It offers sufficient reserves for the expected volume of ships".

Contract for 10 years engine maintenance signed

Rolls-Royce has signed a VCA long-term maintenance contract (= Value Care Agreement) with the "Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer GmbH & Co. KG" for mtu engines with a term of ten years. "This covers all scheduled maintenance work that helps to avoid breakdowns as much as possible," says Jacqueline Wünning of Rolls-Royce's Hamburg sales department. A VCA manager is available to the shipping company as a contact person throughout the entire term of the contract, supported by the mtu Customer Care Center.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 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 mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids. Medium-speed engines from Bergen power ships and power generation applications.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £15.45 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.
  5. In 2019, Rolls-Royce invested £1.46 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
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