MTU Turkey has signed a contract with Bilgin Yachts for the supply of six MTU engines. These units will be deployed to power two Bilgin 156, a 47.6m motoryachts, and the 80m Bilgin 263, the largest yacht ever built in Turkey.
Bilgin CEO Ismail Sengün comments: “Realization of this large-scale project definitely represents a major step forward for Bilgin [and] also enable us to continue our excellent cooperation with MTU.”
Bilgin Yachts recently won the construction order for the 80m superyacht from a long-standing customer. The yacht will be powered by twin MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines.
The Turkish shipyard is also set to build two 47.6m motoryachts, each of which will be powered by an MTU 12V 2000 M72 unit.
Ekrem Kuraloglu, managing director of MTU Turkey, says: “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 80m superyacht are to be shipped in late 2016.
“We may be increasing the engine order to eight units, as another contract for an 80m vessel is on the way,” Sengün concludes.