Integrated bridge systems to be developed for series yachts

The Rolls Royce Power Systems division and Team Italia, the yacht bridge specialist, have formed a strategic partnership to develop integrated bridge series for serial production boats and superyachts. The new system will be called the MTU SmartBridge bringing together automation, navigation, communication and digital functions. It will be introduced in 2020.

Knut Müller, head of marine and governmental business in the Power Systems division of Rolls-Royce said: “The MTU SmartBridge is a significant piece of progress in terms of our evolution from a straightforward engine maker to an integrated systems provider. Our customers benefit because we supply them with a complete solution from one source”.

Massimo Minnella, Team Italia chief explained: “We’re delighted at the opportunity to work with Rolls-Royce and join forces with them in driving future technologies. We already know from previous collaborations that our products complement each other perfectly and that quality and innovation are priorities we share.” 

In a statement the two companies said: “The modular concept behind the new bridge solution is particularly advantageous for series yachts which can be tailored to individual customer requirements. MTU SmartBridge integrates all essential vessel control, monitoring and navigation sub-systems, wherever they are on board, into a single platform.”

“Its functionalities therefore embrace not only the propulsion system, but vessel automation, power management, navigation and communication. By providing all relevant information to the captain in a single place, the new bridge solution enhances both user-friendliness and operational reliability.” 

The MTU Smartbridge also has embedded in it various digital functions such as a display of documentation at the push of a button; the transfer of engine and system data using the MTUGo! platform, and access to global MTU service. Because they are linked up to data loggers, the propulsion system can be remotely monitored, allowing maintenance and spare parts requirements to be planned in advance and operating data analysed.

“By using this technology to improve vessel availability, we’re delivering a whole new experience to the customer,” emphasised Knut Müller.

Bridge supplier Team Italia specialises in the integration and optimisation of navigation, safety, communication and data transfer functions on yachts and has some 20 years of experience under its belt.