In a partnership that has lasted over 30 years, Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts, has placed Rolls-Royce MTU engines in over 100 luxury motoryachts.

In a recent press release, Rolls-Royce announced that  they have bestowed a special honor on the well-known Dutch yacht builder, for a decades long collaboration that has resulted in Heesen installing enough MTU engines to add up to a total power output equaling 600,000 bhp.

The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Heesen is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of displacement and semi-displacement luxury motor yachts. The two companies have enjoyed a close collaborative partnership in the research and development of marine propulsion technology that has resulted in numerous internationally acclaimed superyachts equipped with MTU engines.

In a press release announcing the award, Knut Müller, Head of the Marine and Government Business Division at MTU, said, “The partnership between Heesen Yachts shipyard and MTU is something very special. We have delivered a total of more than 220 engines to Heesen for more than 100 yachts and, in doing so, have together refined and enhanced the propulsion systems we design for luxury yachts. With the presentation of this award for installing MTU engines with a total output of 600,000 bhp, we would like to express our sincerest thanks to Heesen for this successful partnership.”

Decades of Marine Engine Innovation

The visit of the Heesen delegation to Friedrichshafen and the presentation of the award to Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen, demonstrated how closely the success stories of the two companies are linked. They have been collaborating on successful projects since 1983, always with an eye on improving efficiency and power, with special attention to yacht owner’s demands for quiet cruising and comfort.

By the end of the 80s, Heesen had already caused a sensation with the construction of Octopussy, a 125-foot yacht outfitted with three 16-cylinder MTU engines (Series 396) that had been named after the famous James Bond film of the same name.


This was followed up in 2010 by the first 20V 4000 engines installed in the multi award-winning superyacht, Galactica Star. The high point of the partnership to date is the Heesen’s Galactica Super Nova, which was launched last year – a 230-foot luxury megayacht, equipped with a pair of MTU 20V 4000 engines, which are coupled with a a proprietary Rolls-Royce waterjet propulsion system. The outstanding performance of the propulsion system, combined with a lightweight aluminum hull, gives the yacht a top speed of 30 knots, despite its size. “Reliability and cutting-edge technology are decisive for us and for our customers. This is why we use MTU engines for our superyachts,” says Arthur Brouwer, CEO of Heesen, explaining the reason for the long-standing relationship with MTU.

The Future of Marine Propulsion Technologies

The two companies are already collaborating on the future of marine propulsion technologies. Just this month, Heesen announced that it had delivered Home, the world’s first hybrid-powered, 165 foot fast displacement luxury yacht.

MTU and Heesen are now jointly working on the “Nova Hybrid” Project. The combined output of 1,200 kW from the steam engines (2 MTU 12V 2000 M61 units) and 220 kW from the electric motors provide the owner with exceptional benefits in terms of increased comfort, acceleration, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.

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Galactica Star



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