Smart partners

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit and yacht bridge specialist Team Italia have joined forces to create an integrated bridge system – MTU SmartBridge.

Photography by Team Italia

26 September 2019


Their jointly developed bridge solution will be available from 2020 for series and mega yachts. 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.”

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.”

The modular concept behind the new bridge solution is particularly advantageous for series yachts which can be tailored to individual customer requirements.


Its functionalities embrace not only the propulsion system, but vessel automation, power management, navigation and communication. By providing all relevant information to the captain in a single place, the new bridge solution enhances both user-friendliness and operational reliability.

MTU SmartBridge integrates all essential vessel control, monitoring and navigation sub-systems, wherever they are on board, into a single platform.

Various digital functions are also embedded into MTU SmartBridge – 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. Because they are linked up to data loggers, the propulsion system can be remotely monitored, allowing maintenance and spare parts requirements to be planned in advance and operating data analysed.

“By using this technology to improve vessel availability, we’re delivering a whole new experience to the customer,” emphasized Knut Müller.

Team Italia will exhibit at booth DS57 Darse Sud – A/C Tent, where visitors will have the opportunity to get to know the latest features of the I-Bridge® Panorama EVO, the innovative Integrated Touch Bridge.




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