Genset focuses on offshore d-e propulsion needs

08 Sep 2010
MTU's series 4000 genset for diesel-electric propulsion and onboard power supply for offshore supply vessels

MTU's series 4000 genset for diesel-electric propulsion and onboard power supply for offshore supply vessels

At SMM 2010, Tognum company MTU Friedrichshafen launched a new, standardised genset for diesel-electric propulsion and onboard power generation, targeted at the offshore supply ship market.

The genset family consists of a Series 4000 'Ironmen' workboat engine, with a choice of 8, 12 or 16 cylinders, a generator and electronic control system mounted on a rigid base frame. The genset is designed specifically for commercial marine applications, particularly in the growing wind park service sector and oil and gas platform supply ships, and covers a power range from 760 to 2,240 kW. Engines can be configured for power outputs of up to 3,000 kW on request.

MTU says that propulsion systems for offshore supply vessels must comply with a wide range of requirements: they are required to deliver a high power output, but be low on fuel consumption; they must also be able to generate high torque very quickly in order to make the ships fast and manoeuvrable. MTU says that the genset is designed for this kind of work: with the aid of an advanced power management system, the gensets work at the optimal operating point whatever is required of them. Flexible load distribution enables the fuel consumption to be reduced and the service life of the propulsion system increased. The genset also features a compact size and excellent load imposition characteristics and meets the provisions of all the current emission guidelines.

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