Rolls-Royce, Zhenjiang Shipyard in tug cooperation

By Mike Brezonick29 November 2021

Rolls-Royce and Zhenjiang Shipyard have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly expand their commercial marine business in tug and workboats powered by high-speed engines for the domestic Chinese and export market and to provide customers with optimized marine solutions. No financial details were provided.

Rolls-Royce mtu engines for tugs Rolls-Royce and Zhenjiang Shipyard announced a strategic cooperation to jointly promote tugs and workboats with mtu engines in China.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Zhenjiang Shipyard agreed to jointly explore business opportunities, bringing together the high-speed marine engine products and services of Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and the strong shipbuilding capacities of Zhenjiang Shipyard, integrating the technical strength and business insight of both parties, and enhancing their competitiveness in the commercial marine market. The agreement’s initial focus is on jointly promoting the development of tugboats with mtu high-speed engines in China. Zhenjiang Shipyard is a significant supplier of special workboats in China.

“Zhenjiang Shipyard is a leading manufacturer of special vessels, especially of full-rotary tugboats, marine workboats and public vessels and has strong R&D capabilities,” said Yan Guo, president of Zhenjiang Shipyard. “With the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement, we will promote the application of mtu high-speed engines in full-rotary tugboats and marine workboats. We hope to achieve encouraging results with the joint efforts of both sides.”

Both parties said they see great potential in the market for high-speed marine engines in mainland China and globally. So far, Rolls-Royce said it has sold more than 480 mtu engines for tugs and workboats which successfully serve with customers worldwide.

“During our first visit to Zhenjiang Shipyard, my team and I were very impressed by the scale of the yard, but most and foremost by the passion the management and staff showed,” said Eugenia Valente, president of Rolls-Royce Solutions Greater China. “We need strong and trusted partners such as Zhenjiang Shipyard to succeed in China, one of the most important markets for us at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.”

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