Team Italia and Rolls-Royce partners at the Cannes Yachting Festival

Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit and yacht bridge specialist Team Italia joined forces at the last Yachting Festival in Cannes. Rolls-Royce will be adding an integrated bridge system – MTU SmartBridge – to its MTU portfolio of products and solutions for yachts. Their jointly developed bridge solution will be available from 2020.

TEAM Italia has been in the marine electronics sector for mega and maxi yachts for more than 20 years. The company specializes in the optimization and functional integration of user-friendly navigation, telecommunications, safety and data transmission devices with the primary aim of simplifying their use on-board.

This 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 also vessel automation, power management, navigation and communication, enhancing both user-friendliness and operational reliability.

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.”

The MTU SmartBridge features several 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.