Caterpillar reaches ‘milestone’ with Tier 4 engine

The Cat C280-16 generator features a modern electronic fuel injection system and is one of the largest diesel electric propulsion (DEP) configurations the company has ever produced The Cat C280-16 generator features a modern electronic fuel injection system and is one of the largest diesel electric propulsion (DEP) configurations the company has ever produced

Caterpillar Marine has reached a ‘milestone achievement’ with an order for its new Tier 4 Final C280-16 generator sets – the marine industry’s highest horsepower, Tier 4 solution.

Four Cat C280-16 generator sets, each rated at 5060 bkW at 900rpm, will power two new vessels for US-based Edison Chouest Offshore.

Caterpillar’s latest engine is based on the 3600 series, features a modern electronic fuel injection system and is one of the largest diesel electric propulsion (DEP) configurations the company has ever produced.

“The C280 generator sets are incredibly popular in offshore applications, offering customers the lowest possible emissions technology in the industry while also providing the lowest owning and operating costs,” said Nathan Kelly, product definition engineer, Caterpillar Marine.

The Tier 4 Final marine technology uses aftertreatment combined with a fuel efficiency optimised engine to meet the low NOx emission standards. The C280 Tier 4 Final solution also uses selective catalyst reduction (SCR) technology, which is said to provide the lowest possible owning and operating costs. Caterpillar says the SCR module was designed with the engine room in mind with compact dimensions.

In addition, the C280 has been engineered to offer customers improved performance along with reduced smoke and extended maintenance intervals.

“We’re also able to differentiate ourselves by working tirelessly with our customers and Cat dealers to deliver highly-engineered, custom offerings that provide the highest uptime,” Mr Kelly added.

The vessels are being built at Edison Chouest’s La Ship shipyard in Houma, Louisiana.

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