Cat C32 diesel propulsion engines to power new windfarm vessel

06 Oct 2017
Cat C32 diesel engine

The Cat C32 diesel engines allow a high degree of control when a change in propulsion direction is required

Finning UK & Ireland has supplied twin Cat C32 diesel propulsion engines to Mainprize Offshore’s new MO4 vessel.

The engines’ drive fixed pitch propellers provide a service speed of 26 knots for the MO4, even when fully loaded, hold the vessel in position when docking and allow controlled and steady performance when a change in propulsion direction is required.

Gordon Dalrymple, marine sales manager at Finning, the sole supplier of Caterpillar equipment in the UK and Ireland, said: “The C32 engines perfectly match Mainprize Offshore’s requirements for its new MO4 vessel, providing unrivalled engine reliability while meeting EPA Tier 3 and IMO II emissions regulations.”

30,000-litre fuel capacity

The vessel, currently carrying cargo, equipment and crew to a network of Germany’s offshore wind farms, was constructed by Mainprize Offshore, Aluminium Marine Consultants and Walker Marine Designs.

It offers fuel oil capacity of 30,000 litres, fresh water capacity of 20,000 litres and provision for 30t of deck cargo and four 20ft containers.

Other notable features include a three-point mooring system, fuel and fresh water transfer systems, and the capability to perform seabed, bird and impact assessment surveys.

Bob Mainprize, owner of Mainprize Offshore, stressed: “Having a dependable support network is vital for these offshore windfarms, and we need to be ready to respond quickly should the need arise. Otherwise, the consequences and financial penalties can be severe.”