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Rolls-Royce to provide search-and-rescue vessel engines for Turkey

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Rolls-Royce has been contracted to provide MTU diesel engines for the Turkish coast guard’s six new search-and-rescue vessels.

The ships are being constructed by Damen Shipyards, and will each be equipped with two 8-cylinder series 2000 engines. Turkey’s government says the boats will help them rescue migrants from crisis areas along the country’s coast.

The boats are designed to be self-righting in the event they capsize. The MTU engines to be supplied by Rolls-Royce are made to continue operating if the vessels complete a full vertical rotation at sea.

“We have designed our engines specifically for such difficult operational conditions, including the unlikely event of capsizing,” Rolls-Royce’s Knut Müller said in a press release. “They are equipped with a special kit, which ensures that there is sufficient oil available to coat the engine parts with a film of lubricant.”

The company adds the engines will allow the vessels to reach a top speed of 33 knots.

Turkey is expecting all of the boats to be delivered by the end of 2017. The European Union is providing financial support for the effort.

UPI

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