Rolls-Royce and Team Italia have announced a new alliance that will see Rolls-Royce adding an integrated bridge system – MTU SmartBridge – to its MTU portfolio of products for superyachts. The jointly-developed bridge solution will be available from 2020.
“The MTU SmartBridge is a significant piece of progress in terms of our evolution from a straightforward engine maker to an integrated systems provider,” explains Knut Müller, head of marine and governmental business in the Power Systems division of Rolls-Royce. “Our customers benefit because we supply them with a complete solution from one source.”
The MTU SmartBridge integrates all essential vessel control, monitoring and navigation sub-systems into a single platform. Its functionalities, therefore, embrace not only the propulsion system, but vessel automation, power management, navigation and communication.
Various digital functions are also embedded into the MTU SmartBridge, including the display of documentation, the transfer of engine and system data using the MTUGo! Platform, and access to global MTU service. Because they are linked up to data loggers, the propulsion systems can be remotely monitored, allowing maintenance and spare parts requirements to be planned in advance and operating data analysed.
Image: Knut Mueller (left), and Massimo Minnella (right), chief of Team Italia, having signed a cooperation agreement.
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