Caterpillar Marine has announced that its MaK 16 M 46 DF dual fuel engines, along with the full LNG supply and handling system, are to be installed on four new cruise ships.
The cruise ships are under construction at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg, Germany, shipyard and the Turku, Finland, shipyard.
Caterpillar Marine offers all round LNG propulsion solutions – from shore-side bunkering to on-board storage; from bunker tanks via LNG handling and treatment to the dual fuel engines including automation systems; and ultimately the dual fuel main engines MaK 16 M 46 DF, in close cooperation with LNG and cryogenic specialist Marine Service GmbH.
Ulf Hannemann, Caterpillar Marine Cruise and Ferry Segment Manager, said: “From a single source, we provide the complete system for ship operators who wish to capitalise on the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel […] We have successfully completed a number of diesel to dual-fuel conversions in the commercial shipping sector and our pipeline of newbuild installations continues to grow […] However, it is in the cruise sector that we see the greatest opportunities […] Clean fuel for cruise vessels is essential in both operational and business strategy terms.”
R&D at the company’s Rostock facility has demonstrated the efficient operation of LNG main engines at loads of less than 20% for the first time. Caterpillar demonstrated the capabilities of the MaK M 46 DF engine and started the engine by using LNG from the very beginning, thus avoiding diesel engine specific emissions. Dr Frank Starke, Managing Director of Caterpillar Motoren, said: “This development is a key consideration for cruise operators who wish to use LNG, rather than risk smoke from the funnel or soot on deck, whilst starting main engines and maneuvering in port waters.”
The Caterpillar engines will use the latest generation of the Cat® Engine Control Units (ECU). The company is also providing its Asset Intelligence (AI) technology and service, which leverages remote monitoring, automated data analytics and expert advisory services.
Caterpillar’s sales and service partner Zeppelin Power Systems, headquartered in Hamburg, is managing the project, including supply, commissioning and service.
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