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MTU to power largest yacht yet built in Turkey

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Bilgin 263

MARCH 7, 2016 — Rolls-Royce reports that MTU Turkey has signed a contract with Istanbul-based Bilgin Yachts for the supply of six MTU engines. They will power three yachts: two 47.6 m Bilgin 156 motor yachts and the largest yacht ever built in Turkey in its class – the 80.1 m Bilgin 263.

Bilgin Yachts recently won the construction order for the 80.1-m superyacht from a long-standing customer. It will be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2016 and delivery is planned for 2019.

Bilgin also decided to embark on the construction of two 47.6-m motor yachts – each of which will be powered by an MTU 12V 2000 M72 unit. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

“Realization of this large-scale project definitely represents a major step forward for Bilgin,” said Bilgin CEO İsmail Şengün. “And this important project will also enable us to continue our excellent cooperation with MTU. We may be increasing the engine order to eight units, as another contract for an 80-m vessel is on the way.”

Ekrem Kuraloğlu, Managing Director of MTU Turkey, said: “This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for us in today’s yacht market and we very much appreciate the opportunity to collaborate again with Bilgin.”

MTU and Bilgin have been working together for 20 years.

MTU will supply the engines for the 47.6-m yachts to the shipyard in September 2016 and mid-2017, while the engines for the 80.1-m superyacht are to be shipped in late 2016.

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