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Rolls-Royce's first mobile MTU gas engines get Doeksen go-ahead

First two pre-production units were accepted by client after completing performance tests.



Rolls Royce facility in Derby, UK. Image credit: Rolls-Royce


Updated on 15 Dec 2017 15:17 GMT

Rolls-Royce reports that the first two pre-production units of its new mobile MTU gas engine completed their performance tests and were accepted by its client at the start of December.

MTU had presented its new marine propulsion units for the first time at the SMM International Maritime Trade Fair in September 2016. The engines are said to have completed well over 5,000 hours on the test bench.

Paul Melles, Managing Director of Rederij Doeksen, commented: "We are very happy with the test run. All the key engine parameters, such as the extremely dynamic acceleration behaviour, have now been verified by MTU."

As the year 2017 comes to a close, MTU has delivered the first two of a total of four 16-cylinder Series 4000 gas engines, each with an output of 1,492 kW, for two new catamarans.

In 2018, the two vessels are scheduled to operate ferry services on the Dutch Wadden Sea. They are currently being built by Strategic Marine's shipyard in Vietnam for the Dutch shipping company Rederij Doeksen.

During the factory acceptance test in Friedrichshafen, a wide range of performance tests were carried out. An integral part of the test involved verifying the performance data, the fuel consumption and the engine's safety features, such as the emergency stop. The emission measurements are said to have demonstrated compliance with IMO III emission standards with no additional exhaust gas aftertreatment.

Speaking during the test, Melles said: "We decided in favour of a gas propulsion system because we will be operating our ferries on the Wadden Sea, a World Heritage Site that has been declared a particularly sensitive area worthy of protection. MTU, with the appropriate pure gas engine, is the right partner for us."

The new 16-cylinder gas engine from MTU is to be made available in 2018 as a certified series production engine covering a power range from around 1,500 to 2,000 kW.

An eight-cylinder version is due to follow, with a rated output of approximately 750 to 1,000 kW. The new gas engine is said to be ideally suited to tugboats, ferries, push boats and special purpose vessels such as research vessels.

In comparison with a diesel engine without exhaust gas aftertreatment, the gas engine emits no soot particles and no sulphur oxides, 90 percent less NOx and 10 percent less greenhouse gas.






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