Alarm and protection available for Cat gensets

The Cat C18 Acert package genset, now available with factory-fitted class-society alarm and protection The Cat C18 Acert package genset, now available with factory-fitted class-society alarm and protection

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems has announced an additional option to expand the capability of its C18 Acert package generator sets.

Building on the success of the Cat C18 Acert package gensets, the new option is available worldwide and is intended to meet current industry demand for a factory supplied marine classification society (MCS) approved alarm and protection (A&P) system. Cat says it is currently taking orders after making the systems available in early August 2010. The company says that the factory-installed MCS A&P system will help reduce installation and set-up time and increase the genset’s usability.

With the new A&P option, the C18 Acert package is fully certifiable when it leaves the Caterpillar factory. Torsional vibration calculations, alarm installations, and mechanical additions are all completed prior to shipment. The company adds that no major package alterations are required at shipyards in order to meet most MCS requirements.

According to Florian Gruber, marine sales director for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems: “In addition to covering all MCS A&P requirements, the package also offers a state-of-the-art controller with functions and features aimed at improving customer experience.”

The heart of the C18 Acert genset is an in-line six cylinder, four-stroke, 18.1 litre diesel engine, which is electronically governed, turbocharged and after-cooled. The package, including the new MCS A&P system option, comes with a standard one-year warranty, which is supported worldwide. In addition to this, an extended service coverage option can be purchased to extend the warranty protection up to five years or 10,000 hours. Under the warranty terms, customers can obtain service at more than 2,100 Cat dealer locations.

Indian patrol

Cat gensets also figure prominently in a recent major order for power systems for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) patrol boats. Each of 36 new interceptor craft will have two C4.4 auxiliary generator sets (86 eKW @ 1,500 rpm), making 72 sets in total. The Cat equipment will be delivered over the course of three years, with the project scheduled to conclude in late 2013.

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