Commercial Vessels

Mobile MTU gas engines operate in the Wadden Sea

Posted on 29 May 2020 by Katrin Auernhammer, Images by Joachim de Ruijter

The first Series 4000 mobile gas engines have successfully started sea trials
Our first mobile gas engines are in trials! On May 27, 2020 the passenger ferry Willem Barentsz of Redereij Doeksen left the port for its first test run.

"I am really impressed with the mobile MTU gas engines. So far, they have met all our expectations in terms of performance, smooth operation, very low noise and excellent transient behaviour,"

says Paul Melles, Managing Director of Rederij Doeksen.

Originally, the ferry was supposed to go into service as early as April, but the Covid-19 pandemic with all its restrictions delayed its commissioning. Despite the travel restrictions and quarantine conditions Rolls-Royce together with Doeksen and other partners involved found a solution to make the Willem Barentsz operational. "This successful first test drive is an important milestone for us. And it confirms our claim to be the driving force behind the energy turnaround in the maritime industry", explains Knut Müller, Head of Naval and Governmental Business at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Martin Teigeler, Head of Engineering at Power Systems, adds: "With already 3.000 engines built we are showcasing our expertise in stationary gas engines. With the Doeksen commissioning we are proving our capability to develop mobile high-speed engines. A huge compliment to the entire team and all those aspiring and dedicated people involved in the project who have worked and will continue to work on the mobile gas engines,” Teigeler continues. The class acceptance of the ship will take place from 4-6 June, after which the Willem Barentsz will be allowed to go into passenger service.

Two mobile 16-cylinder gas engines power the Willem Barentsz. The MTU Series 4000 engines each have an output of 1,492 kilowatts and reach a top speed of 14 knots. Together with its sister ship Willem de Vlamingh, which will go into service in summer, the ferries will shuttle in the Wadden Sea between Harlingen in the Netherlands and the islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. The 70-metre long ferries can carry up to 600 passengers.

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