Rolls-Royce unveils new waterjet range for workboat sector


(NEW ORLEANS) — Rolls-Royce unveiled a new range of Kamewa waterjets today at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, La.

Taking more than three-years research and development, the new A5 Series improves upon the popular FF range of Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets by providing greater thrust from a waterjet with a more compact inboard footprint.

Geared toward smaller boats and craft up to 82 feet in length, the A5 series is manufactured from high-grade marine aluminum and available in seven sizes with power outputs between 100 kW and 1,230 kW. The A5 will eventually replace the FF range and size 29 will be first to hit the market.

Speaking at the A5’s official unveiling, Fredrik Appel, Rolls-Royce general manager product-waterjets, said: “The A5 is a completely new product, which is developed on the same design principles as our renowned steel series. All aspects of the product are improved compared to our existing FF series. Overall pump efficiency is improved by 3 percent. Steering and reversing efficiency is improved by 8 percent and bollard pull is improved by 13 percent.”

“Besides the propulsion improvements, we have reworked the mechanical design to gain the benefits of a harmonized series, and by this gaining more accurate performance predictions. We have listened to our customers asking for a smaller inboard footprint and adapted the design to meet this by reducing the space by 20 percent. However, we have also maintained an inlet waterway to accommodate the propulsion improvements.”

Extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and model scale testing at the company’s hydrodynamic research facility in Kristinehamn, Sweden, was involved in the A5’s development. Additionally, by incorporating elements from the proven S4 and S3/CA steel series of waterjets, Rolls-Royce has improved the axial-flow type waterjet to produce a smaller waterjet without the need for a comparative reduction in the power requirement.

Rolls-Royce has successfully carried out in-service trials of the new waterjet onboard its own demonstration vessel – a crew transfer/harbour patrol vessel operating in Kokkola, Finland.

An A29-5 unit, the first product in the series to be released, is exhibited at the International Work Boat Show on the Rolls-Royce booth 2501.

By Professional Mariner Staff