Caterpillar powers new car ferries

26 Jan 2011
Cat M 32 C common rail engines have been chosen for two ferry newbuildings

Cat M 32 C common rail engines have been chosen for two ferry newbuildings

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems was recently selected to provide combined propulsion systems for two Scandlines car ferry newbuilds.

The two ferries will each be equipped with five MaK 9 M 32 C medium speed engines with Cat common rail fuel systems. Each engine produces 4,500 kW at 600 rpm for 22,500 W of total power per vessel. The engines are optimised for smokeless operation and reduced NOx emission levels in line with IMO Tier 2 requirements. Keel-laying began in June 2010 at the P & S Werften (formerly known as Volkswerft) Stralsund yard in Germany. Both vessels will be delivered to Scandlines in 2012, and will operate between Rostock, Germany and Gedser, Denmark.

Caterpillar initially developed the Cat common rail system for the M 32 C engine series in 2006. The Edith Maersk, owned by A.P. Moeller – Maersk, used the first M 32 C auxiliary engine retrofitted with Cat common rail. This features electronically controlled, fully flexible injectors capable of injecting all fuels standardised according to ISO 8217 requirements, which the company claims enables optimal combustion and low emissions at all levels. The common rail fuel system can be retrofitted to existing M 32 C engines.

“Based on the success of the retrofitted M 32 C engines on container vessels, Scandlines asked Caterpillar to deliver the engines for a unique combined propulsion system for two new single-end car ferries,” said Andreas Banck, Caterpillar Motoren senior test engineer. “The MaK engines will power both the main propulsion engines and the alternators enabling Scandlines to reduce maintenance costs and operate the ferries in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner.”

“Another remarkable aspect of the M 32 C engine is the option to retrofit the engines to dual fuel operation at a later stage if necessary,” said Frank Kircher, division manager, Caterpillar Marine Systems integration. “This gives Scandlines the freedom to decide how they would like to operate the vessels in 2015 when more stringent rules for the sulphur smission controlled area (SECA) become effective.”

The engines will be manufactured at the Caterpillar factory in Kiel, Germany.

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