Rolls-Royce has secured a £15.8 million contract to supply high-speed engines and a suite of waterjet propulsion systems for 17 fast patrol vessels under construction at Turkey's Ares Shipyard for the Qatar Coastguard.
Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce president for naval, said: "The Ares Hercules series patrol boats will be the first Qatar Coastguard craft to feature Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets. This is not the first project we have worked on with Ares Shipyard, but it is the largest."
"The combination of Rolls-Royce MTU diesels and Kamewa waterjets are major contributors to the enhanced fuel efficiency and performance of these highly capable craft. In particular our A3 model of water jet can push the craft up to 45 knots.
Ares Shipyard executive director Kerim Kalafatoglu said: "This contract for seventeen craft for the Qatar Coastguard is the largest single naval export order for a Turkish shipyard. It is one of the most significant for fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) patrol boats ever signed, and all will be built from advanced composite materials."
Rolls-Royce is delivering 46 engines and waterjets, across three different sizes of craft. MTU 12V2000 M84 diesel engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa 50A3 series waterjets will be installed on five 24m Ares 75 Hercules patrol boats and ten of the 34m Ares 110 Hercules design.
The two largest craft, the 47m Ares 150 Hercules design, will each feature three MTU Series 4000 diesels and twin 71S4 water jets with B4 boosters.
With power outputs up to 2060kW, the Kamewa A3 series deliver up to 3% better energy-efficiency compared to the earlier model, states Rolls-Royce. This, together with a reduced footprint on the vessel, lower weight and life-cycle costs, equates to a substantial reduction in fuel costs and CO2 emissions.
Ares Shipyard is located in Antalya on Turkey's south coast and has been operating since 2006 and is a specialist in the manufacture of fast patrol craft up to 70m in length for military and homeland security purposes, as well as for civil applications.