Caterpillar to power Indian patrol vessels

08 Oct 2010
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems will provide propulsion engines and auxiliary gensets for 36 interceptor boats

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems will provide propulsion engines and auxiliary gensets for 36 interceptor boats

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is to supply the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) with 72 propulsion engines and gensets to power 36 interceptor boats.

The Cat 3516C marine propulsion engines each have an output of 2,525kW @ 1800 rpm while the C4.4 auxiliary gensets will deliver 86 ekW @ 1500 rpm. The 36 new patrol boats will be built by Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Mumbai and will be constructed with an aluminium alloy hull and feature water jet propulsion.

The engines and generator sets will be delivered over the course of three years, with the project scheduled to conclude in late 2013. The L & T Ship Design Center in Mumbai utilized the 3516C engine for much of the design work and finalized the decision to use Cat engines once the tank test was completed.

In recent years, the Indian government has committed to strengthening the resources in the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. In early 2010, L&T won a contract to design and build patrol boats for the ICG. Construction will be completed at L&T shipyards in Hazira and Katupalli.

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