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SUPPLIER of engines and complete propulsion and power systems, Cape Town-based MTU South Africa, is lending a helping hand to the National Sea Rescue Institute by sponsoring two Series S60 diesel engines for the newly built sea rescue boat.

An official naming ceremony of the 12 metre Phoenix Class Search and Rescue craft ‘Jack Riley Rescuer’ was held at Gordons Bay Yacht Club at the Gordons Bay Harbour last month. The boat is named after Jack Riley who donated a very substantial amount of money towards the building of the boat. Designed and developed to withstand the Cape’s rough seas, the Jack Riley Rescuer is currently the largest rescue vessel in South Africa featuring leading technologies. Its operations will provide support and assistance to all those operating at sea.

Says MD of MTU South Africa, Michael Baumann: “For MTU, as a global role player, this project is important because we want to give back to our stakeholders and not only to those who are using our motors on their vessels but to all at sea in order to return the value they have for our products. We also want to elevate the South African boat building industry to a global extent.”

MTU South Africa takes part in this role by powering the vessel with the Series S60 from their range of reliable diesel engines. With its simple design, the Series S60 engine features low fuel consumption and low maintenance cost. Many fishing vessels in South Africa operate using the Series S60 diesel engine and most of the NSRI boats are equipped by MTU engines.

The NSRI relies solely on highly skilled volunteers to keep South African waters safe, promoting water and boating safety, saving lives when things go wrong. Since its inception in 1967 the NSRI has saved more than 2 061 lives and rescued 21 383 people over the years. MTU SA recognises the capabilities of the South African boat building industry and therefore sees the need to promote this expertise on an international scale.

Responsible for sales and support of MTU diesel engines, MTU South Africa focuses on products in marine, power gene-ration, mining, construc-tion, rail and defence applications in the sub-Saharan region.

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