Propulsion Technology Revealed for Workboats

Article Image

Posted December 4, 2018

The latest propulsion technology for workboats, tugs and offshore support vessels is being presented this week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Caterpillar Marine is presenting its latest low emissions engines, environmental, propulsion and engine optimisation technology for workboats.

It has unveiled new models of engines, its hybrid propulsion and asset intelligence at the International Workboat Show.

Caterpillar introduced main diesel engines and after-treatment systems that together comply with the latest US Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 requirements and IMO Tier III standards.

This is achieved through Cat, EMD and MaK engines optimised with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology.

Caterpillar marine business development manager Jason Spear said these reliable and durable engines can be supplied as fully integrated solutions with controllable pitch propellers, azimuth and tunnel thrusters for the “lowest total cost of ownership, all while ensuring regulatory compliance” he said.

“We are a complete solutions provider for propulsion systems with a line up of high-speed and medium-speed diesel engines, azimuth and tunnel thrusters, controllable pitch propellers, and auxiliary and emergency genset power,” said Mr Spear.

Caterpillar is also presenting its multi-engine optimiser unit that optimises engine use and reduces fuel consumption on workboats and Cat asset intelligence that uses sensors for monitoring performance and condition of engineroom systems. Business development manager David Shannon said this software intelligence can increase predictive maintenance strategies.

Advanced variable drive technology, repower, maintenance solutions and Cat reman services of restored components will also be demonstrated by Caterpillar at the event.

During the International Workboat Show, Scania is presenting its expanded portfolio of workboat engines including its new six-cylinder, 13-litre inline engine, which combines power levels ranging from 485 kW to 690 kW with reduced fuel consumption.

Cummins is demonstrating its QSK60 four-stroke engines that can also be used as an auxiliary and genset. This can be connected to a Cummins SCR for compliance with IMO’s Tier III regulations. This engine series will be available in a power range of 1,490-2,015 kW.

ProModel Corp is launching the PMSHIP advanced shipyard planning and scheduling application. It is a multi-user online application that helps manage construction projects. This enables shipyards to manage multiple hull configurations and multiple vessels under construction simultaneously. It can maximise throughput and productivity and improves scheduling and fabrication plans.

Source: TUG