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Azipull Carbon, a new series of lightweight propulsion systems by Rolls-Royce


rollsroyce_propulsionAzipull Carbon is the new carbon-fiber propulsion systems series designed and developed by Rolls-Royce to be a lightweight option for fast yachts, with potential applications for other kinds of vessels.
Roll-Royce already garnered orders for the first thruster in the series, Azipull Carbon 65 (AZP C65): the composite thrusters are to be included in a new line of megayachts by Benetti.
The ordered thrusters will be delivered over the next three years to RINA Rules for Classification of Yachts. The first yacht featuring AZP C65 is a 125 ft Fast Displacement called Ironman, while the second and third hulls are currently being built with delivery expected in the coming months.
AZP C65 is designed for a power rating of 2 MW and fitted with a fixed pitch, pulling type propeller (forward facing). The driveline is designed with two spiral bevel gear sets, installed in a supporting structure that ensures optimum load carrying capacity in all operating conditions. The thruster can be steered using a hydraulic system. An Automation and Control system, based on Rolls-Royce’s Common Controls building blocks, has also been developed to match the new thrusters, which each weigh 2,800 kg (dry).
The new thrusters will also enhance a better layout while maintaining high propulsion efficiency, excellent maneuvering capabilities, easy maintenance and low noise and vibration levels.
“Efficient and lightweight propulsion is key to reducing the environmental impact of a modern yacht,” said Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti, CEO. “We have been working closely with Rolls-Royce on a journey towards an excellent propulsion system for our new line of exclusive megayachts. The successful result of this collaboration has been confirmed by facts, indeed five units have already been sold and more units are already under construction to shorten delivery times and meet the increasing demand for this model.”
“This new development has greatly benefitted from the very good cooperation we have had with Azimut Benetti,” said Gary Nutter, Rolls-Royce, EVP Propulsion and Engines. “Their skills as a yacht builder and their engagement with us in creating the perfect vessel is an inspiration.”