MTU Turkey has signed a contract with Istanbul-based Bilgin Yachts for the supply of six MTU engines. These will be deployed to power two 47.6m Bilgin 156 motor yachts, as well as the largest yacht ever built in Turkey in its class – the Bilgin 263. Bilgin Yachts recently won the construction order for the 80.1m superyacht from a long-standing customer. It will be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines. Bilgin also decided to embark on the construction of two 47.6m motor yachts – each of which will be powered by an MTU 12V 2000 M72 unit. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
The 80.1m superyacht will also be the largest vessel that Bilgin Yachts has been entrusted to build. Yildirim Bilgen, Bilgin Yachts Sales Executive, said: “Realization of this large-scale project definitely represents a major step forward for Bilgin. 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 80m vessel is on the way.” Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2016 and delivery is planned for 2019.
Ekrem Kuraloglu, 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 in September 2016 and mid-2017, while the engines for the 80.1m superyacht are to be shipped in late 2016.
Communiqué de MTU, 21/3/16