Over 100 Cat engines for Bourbon OSVs

09 Dec 2011
Bourbon newbuilds are providing orders for over 100 Caterpillar 3500 series engines

Bourbon newbuilds are providing orders for over 100 Caterpillar 3500 series engines

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems says that it has been selected to provide over 100 engines and generator sets to Bourbon Offshore, for a number of offshore newbuildings currently being constructed in China.

60 Cat 3516C diesel electric propulsion engines will be packaged with Kato generators for 20 AHTS vessels with 80t towing capability. Bourbon has additionally ordered 80 3512C DEP engines for 20 PSVs. The engines and generator sets will be delivered over the course of the next two years, with construction planned at the Sinopacific shipyard in China.

“Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is pleased to provide Bourbon with powerful, high performance marine engines and generator sets that deliver superior results while serving as a highly customisable solution for the marine market,” said Yanko Yang, Asia Pacific territory sales manager. “We are proud of our capability to provide flexible, design-to-order products and are delighted Bourbon has taken advantage of this unique capability.”

The 3516C DEP engines are a Bureau Veritas certified package. Each of the 20 AHTS vessels will be equipped with three 3516C DEP engines and Kato generators,, each rated for 2,000kWe at 1,800rpm. The 20 PSVs will each feature four 3512C DEP engines, each delivering 1,360kWe at 1,800rpm. During construction, Chinese dealer Lei Shing Hong Machinery will provide engineering, project management and commissioning support to Sinopacific.

“Lei Shing Hong is very pleased to partner with Caterpillar Marine Power Systems to deliver outstanding application and installation support to the Sinopacific shipyard and service to Bourbon Offshore vessels once they are at sea, said Hongbo, marine sales manager of Lei Shing Hong Machinery. “We’re confident in our exceptional support and service offerings and are thrilled to be involved in this very significant project.”

Manufactured at the Lafayette Engine Center in Lafayette, USA, the constant-speed 3512C and 3516C engines offer electronic fuel system capabilities and Adem A3 electronic control units (ECU). The electronic ‘power station’ manages the control units, unit injectors, instrumentation and displays to balance power supply, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions at any given load.

“In addition to providing innovative power, the IMO II and EPA Tier 2 compliant DEP engines are an efficient, environmentally friendly power solution for marine vessels,” Yang stated. “Customers who have selected the DEP engines have noticed a significant increase in time between overhauls and improved fuel efficiencies.”

“We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with Bourbon Offshore,” said Alexander Kohse, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems key account manager. “We are acutely focused on delivering high quality products and services to the offshore segment of the marine industry and Bourbon Offshore can expect to see superior results from the Cat power solutions in its vessels.”

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