Passenger ferry first for Cummins QSK95 propulsion
Azam Marine has chosen two Cummins QSK95 propulsion engines to provide main propulsion power for its next passenger ferry Kilimanjaro VII, the first QSK95 powered passenger ferry in the world.
The QSK95 is the newest Cummins engine offers a power output previously exclusive to medium-speed marine engines with power ratings from 3200 hp to 4200 hp, but this model has a more compact installation and exceptional fuel efficiency compared to other engines in the same class.
“The QSK95 is a perfect fit for highly sophisticated vessels such as Kilimanjaro VII,” said Jim Schacht, executive director – Cummins Global Marine Business. “This product fully leverages Cummins unique experience with our in-house technologies such as turbo chargers, filtration and electronics delivering increased power and reliability, fast transient response and simple serviceability.”
Mr Schacht added that the engine also offers extended service and more cost-effective rebuilds, a further economic advantage for high-hour, hardworking vessels such as passenger transport, tugs, inland waterway towboats, crew boats, dredges and government patrol vessels.
The QSK95 will allow the 45m Kilimanjaro VII to carry more passengers while maintaining similar top speeds as its smaller sister ship, the Kilimanjaro VI.
Kilimanjaro VII will utilise water jet propulsion to reach its target top speed of 32 knots. Providing house load electrical power will be a pair of Cummins 6C-C Power marine generator sets producing 126 kWe power each.
The fast catamaran hull of the vessel was designed by Incat Crowther and it will be built by Australian company Richardson Devine Marine in Tasmania.
Azam Marine and Coastal Fast Ferries operate passenger ferry boats between the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and mainland Tanzania.
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