Commercial Marine

With 30,000 operating hours in the best years

Posted on 22 April 2021 by Katrin Auernhammer, Images by Balearia, Rolls-Royce Power Systems

After more than 30,000 operating hours, the engines of the passenger ferry Nixe have received a major overhaul and are now fit for the next few years. A service contract helps to ensure that they continue to run as reliably and efficiently.

The four mtu 16V 4000 M70 engines of the fast ferry Nixe of the Balearia shipping company have run for more than 30,000 operating hours in 16 years. After an extensive major overhaul, the engines will be in shape again for the next few years. To ensure that they continue to run so reliably and efficiently, Balearia has concluded a VCA Silver Agreement with Rolls-Royce, a maintenance contract with silver status. "We already have such a maintenance contract for our ferry Ramon Lull and have had good experiences. That's why we decided to choose this solution for Nixe as well," explains Javier Pérez, from Balearia fleet management.

The maintenance contract for the four mtu series 4000 engines includes round-the-clock stand-by service, proactive maintenance schedules, stocking of selected spare parts and proactive planning and maintenance to ensure the best possible operation for the customer. "Our mtu series 4000 is long proven and reliable. 30,000 operating hours are no problem with good maintenance and engine-friendly operation," explains Justo Galán, from Rolls-Royce Power Systems After Sales. 

The fast ferry Nixe commutes daily between Formentera and Ibiza. It has room for 546 passengers and 100 vehicles. The four mtu engines in the 63-metre-long ferry complete around 3,200 operating hours per year. With an output of 2.320 kilowatts each, they accelerate the ship to up to 32 knots, just under 60 kilometres per hour.

The shipping company Balearia operates numerous ferries that shuttle between the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands. Among them are several ferries with mtu engines of the 396, 4000 and 1163 series.

Nixe is powered by four mtu 16V 4000 M70 engines with an output of 2.320 kilowatts each
Commercial Marine

A New Yorker in Alaska

by Chuck Mahnken

Repowering of a fast ferry: Bravest has completed her first season of service for Phillips Cruises and Tours in Whittier, Alaska. For decades, the 127-foot high-speed catamaran provided commuter ferry service in New York Harbor.

Read more

Commercial Marine

Pure propulsion

by Katrin Auernhammer

New developments in combination with an SCR system make engines more environmentally friendly

Read more

Commercial Marine

New stablemate for gas ferry on Dutch Wadden Sea

by Kerstin Hansmann

The second LNG-powered ferry is going into service on the company's inshore Wadden Sea routes. The Willem de Vlamingh – as the new vessel has been named – is fitted with two 16-cylinder mtu Series 4000 gas engines.

Read more

Connect with Us

Customer Assistance Center

We are here to take your Sales & Service questions around the clock, 365 days a year.

Read more

Sales & Service Locator

Find your local partner for Sales & Service.

Read more

mtu Stories

Reports and interviews about mtu products and solutions.

Read more