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MTU’s Series 8000 is best in class with 12,200 bhp

  • Over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold
  • Over 160,000 hours in combined operation
  • World-wide customer service network


DETROIT, July 25, 2008 – Since its introduction in 2000, MTU’s Series 8000 high-speed diesel engine has enabled Naval and Commercial shipbuilders to take their vessels to the next level in terms of performance and operating availability.


With over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold, and with over 160,000 hours in combined operation, the world’s highest power to weight ratio in this power range has proved to be the low risk propulsion engine option for many of the world’s leading Navies and high-speed ferry operators.


Delivering up to 12,200 bhp (9100 kW) of continuous power, MTU’s Series 8000 has consistently set the performance benchmarks for fuel efficiency – less than 190g/kWh, while achieving IMO Marpol NOx emission certification. The 20V 8000 engine is now also available in a US EPA Tier II emission certified configuration.


In Naval applications, 56 of MTU’s Series 8000 engines have already been sold to power various patrol and support craft, as well as Frigate and Corvette class warships operated by the Singaporean, Danish and Omanian Navies.


Leading international shipbuilder, Austal Ships, has selected two 20V 8000 M91 Series diesels to power the 416 foot Littoral Combat Ship ‘Independence’ recently launched at their Mobile, Alabama, shipyard for evaluation by the US Navy.


MTU’s reputation for reliability has also proved attractive to commercial fast ferry operators around the world, with thirty one 20V 8000 Series currently operating in Hawaii, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Germany and the Canary Islands.


At the heart of the 20V 8000 Series success is proven performance coupled with state of the art technology that includes Common Rail Fuel Injection – which delivers maximum efficiency throughout the power range, Sequential Turbo-charging – which ensures fast acceleration and rapid response, and the latest Electronic Engine Management Control System – which delivers constant monitoring of the engine and gearbox operating parameters.



Individually designed to match the precise demands of each task, MTU propulsion systems play a vital role in enabling Naval forces and commercial operators to perform at their best, day in – day out.


High power density, low weight and compact design coupled with excellent mechanical and thermal resistances are intrinsic elements of MTU engines, while their simple operation, ease of maintenance, low life-cycle costs and proven performance in a wide range of applications have made them the high speed diesel of choice in the 10,000 hp to 13,000 hp range.


To support their product MTU offers a world-wide Logistics Support program that provides complete, custom-tailored service packages covering everything from parts and tools provisioning through to installation supervision and on-board training courses.


July 25, 2008 Posted by | Defense, Marine | , , , | 3 Comments

“Iron Men”: MTU Series 4000 Engines Prove Their Mettle

The MTU Detroit Diesel exhibit at this year’s International WorkBoat Show featured a display showing the interior of a Series 4000 diesel engine. Remarkably, though it looks like new, the cutaway comes from an engine that had been operated for more than 30,000 hours.

Bremerhaven, Germany, where it was one of two engines providing 1,180 bhp at 1,800 rpm. The engines accomplished their 30,000-plus hours without an overhaul, while in steady use moving up to 300 passengers and 20 vehicles at a time.The Series 4000 was first developed in 1996 as a joint venture between MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH and the off-highway division of Detroit Diesel Corporation (now MTU Detroit Diesel). German and American engineering combined to create an efficient design that was years ahead of its time and has only gotten better with age.

“We call these engines ‘Iron Men’, because they’re so durable,” said Jeff Sherman, Sales Manager for MTU Detroit Diesel’s Workboat Division. “Over the years, they have developed quite a reputation, and you can see that reflected in the confidence of our customers, from longtime partners like Sause Bros., Catalina Express and Wilmington Tug to recent contracts with Signet Maritime, SEACOR Marine and Moran Towing.”

“What is most remarkable about the Series 4000 Workboat Edition is that it has been able to offer the dependability that workboat customer’s demand, while simultaneously offering industry-leading emissions levels and fuel economy,” adds Barney Bentgen, Vice President of Marine Sales.The Series 4000 Workboat Edition meets EPA Tier 2 emissions requirements. It comes in 8-, 12- and 16-cylinder configurations covering a power range from 670 to 3,110 bhp (500 to 2,320 kW).

March 26, 2007 Posted by | Marine | Leave a comment

MTU Detroit Diesel “Maritune” yachts accelerate up to 30 percent faster

Friedrichshafen / Genoa. Since MTU Friedrichshafen introduced “maritune” at the “Salone Nautico” in Genoa, taking the yacht out on a trip promises to be a lot more dynamic and a lot less complicated for the skipper. This propulsion package with electronic control for surface propeller propulsion systems automatically adjusts the propeller to the optimum depth. As a result, the skipper can concentrate on steering and accelerating his vessel and no longer needs to trim manually. “Automatic trimming, matched to the power of the engines, allows vessels to achieve their optimum acceleration and maneuvering capabilities”, said Rainer Breidenbach, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at MTU Friedrichshafen, explaining a major advantage of the new product.

Since MTU Friedrichshafen introduced “maritune” at the “Salone Nautico” in Genoa, taking the yacht out on a trip promises to be a lot more dynamic and a lot less complicated for the skipper. This propulsion package with electronic control for surface propeller propulsion systems automatically adjusts the propeller to the optimum depth. As a result, the skipper can concentrate on steering and accelerating his vessel and no longer needs to trim manually.

Complete propulsion system from a single source

As a systems provider, MTU Friedrichshafen supplies complete propulsion plants, including all the hardware from the propulsion control lever to the propeller, as well as the software for controlling the propulsion components. With “maritune”, MTU has extended ship automation by an entire new dimension. The system is compatible with all propulsion plants equipped with MTU Series 2000 or 4000 diesel engines. The automatic trim facility frees the skipper of a burden whilst also allowing full exploitation of the propulsion system’s potential. Speed, coupling and trim can be controlled with a single control lever, guaranteeing optimum performance for acceleration, maneuvering, banking, single shaft operation, reversing or negotiating heavy seas. Engine speed and trim setting are preselected for each control lever position and the software continuously adjusts the settings whilst the vessel is underway.

“Maritune” has proven its capabilities during practical trials on the MTU test vessel Tiziana. On this Mangusta-80 yacht, which is powered by two MTU 16V 2000 Common Rail engines, the automatic trimming system reduced acceleration times by between 10 and 30 percent.

Plug & play for straightforward installation

The integrated steering function further enhances the auto-trim facility, making hydraulic lines to the bridge or to other control stands superfluous. For trimming and steering, there is now only a single hydraulic unit with an independent pump for each function in the en-gine room. Standardized operator displays on a single monitor screen ensure a clear over-view of the system. All “maritune” automation components are plug & play units designed to guarantee fast and straightforward start-up.

The optimal degree of efficiency of the ship’s propeller is achieved with a maximum of push and a minimum of current resistance. This point is set via the immersion depth of the propeller, the so-called trim.

Tried, tested and proven

“Maritune” has proven its capabilities during practical trials on the MTU test vessel Tiziana. On this Mangusta-80 yacht, which is powered by two MTU 16V 2000 Common Rail en-gines, the automatic trimming system reduced acceleration times by between 10 and 30 percent.
On completion of intensive trials, MTU Friedrichshafen will be marketing “maritune” via its global sales and marketing network during the coming year.

March 22, 2007 Posted by | Marine | Leave a comment

50,000 Continuous Hours and 250,000 Tourists MTU Engines Running Strong

Four generations after Samuel G. Clark charged a dime to row the first tourists and commuters from North Haven to Shelter Island and back again, hisgreat-great-grandsons Clifford and Bill still operate the South Ferry Company. Like being greeted by your first name at one of the summer tourist mecca’s two post offices, the ferry service has become part of the culture of the

True to their family’s two-hundred year tradition, the brothers still appreciate the value of a long pull, only this time by two 400 hp MTU Series 60 engines mounted in each of their five ferries. Two of those engines, according to Bill, who serves as the company’s vice-president, are still pushing and pulling a boat named Southern Cross after 50,000 hours of continuous service.You read that right. Fifty thousand hours – almost six years of runtime – without an overhaul, major repair or anything other than regularly scheduled maintenance.“Our first ferry leaves the dock at 5:40 A.M. and our last leaves the South Fork at 1:50 A.M.,” says Bill.

 Each roundtrip takes about fifteen minutes. “We tell our passengers we’re a high speed ferry, since each leg takes just three minutes. Of course, the trip is only a quarter of a mile,” he jokes.These engines don’t get babied by any means. South Ferry’s boats transport up to 240,000 pounds of cars, trucks, semis, motorcycles, bicycles and the people that own them up to twenty hours a day during the busy summer tourist season when the population ofShelterIsland swells to 12,000. 

Clifford and Bill (a retired Coast Guard Captain) are sticklers for maintenance. “We do regular oil analyses, crankcase pressure checks and other routine work,” says Bill. But since their installation in the Southern Cross in 1998, the Series 60s have never let the company down. At 50,000 hours and still counting, MTU engines are proving to be as dependable as the South Ferry.

March 21, 2007 Posted by | Marine | Leave a comment

New Signet Tractor Tugs to Feature MTU Series 4000

MTU Detroit Diesel has recently signed a contract with Signet Maritime Corporation of Houston, Texas to supply diesel engines for a pair of new Robert Allen designed Advanced Z-drive tractor tugs, with an agreement to power 3 additional tugs in the near future. All the vessels will be added to the Signet fleet to help celebrate 30 years of GulfCoast tug service.

The new tractor tugs will each be powered by twin MTU 16V4000 M71 engines capable of producing continuous 3,305 horsepower at 2,000 rpm. The engines are married to twin Niigata ZP41/Dual Modulation Clutch drives that will turn the tugs 107-inch propellers. Through the use ofNiigata’s step down reduction gears the Z-drives will be able to utilize the full performance range and continuous horsepower of each MTU engine without interruption.

“When it comes to servicing our ship, energy and other offshore marine customers, downtime is not a word we like to use.” said Barry Snyder, Signet’s President. “We designed these tugs so when they are delivered next year, they will be the most advanced and reliable docking tugs on the entire GulfCoast.

The two tractor tugs will be built at J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding in Tacoma, Washington. The tugs will be 98 feet long, have a beam of 40 feet and a hull depth of 17 feet 5 inches with a working draft of 17 feet. In addition, the vessels have a design speed of 12 knots and can provide 80 metric tons of bollard pull. Each tug will be certified ABS Maltese Cross A1, AMS and FiFi 1 classed.

The first two tugs are slated to be completed in November of 2007 and March 2008. They will be employed in the company’s growing ship docking, rig transport and harbor services activities along the Gulf Coast focusing on tankers, bulkers, LNG and large drilling and production rigs. Like Signet’s other tugs in its current fleet, the new vessels will all be named after former
America’s Cup winners.

March 20, 2007 Posted by | Marine | Leave a comment

MTU-Powered Catamaran to Revolutionize Offshore Transportation

MTU, SEACOR Marine and Gulfcraft Shipyard have teamed up to develop a product that will revolutionize the offshore transportation industry.Life as we know it today offers two options when you need to deliver supplies or crew to a offshore platform in the
Gulf of Mexico. You can either fly the supplies and crew by helicopter, at considerable expense, or you can ship them on a crewboat, which is far less expensive, but substantially more time consuming.

Thanks to the MTU, SEACOR and Gulfcraft partnership, you will soon have a third option, as SEACOR Marine has commissioned a high-speed, 150-passenger catamaran ferry that can easily reach speeds of 40 knots and reduce travel time in half, all while remaining cost-effective for the customer and safe and comfortable for the crew.The new catamaran’s source of power is four MTU 16V4000 M71 engines rated at 3,305 horsepower each.

The engines were chosen because they have the best horsepower-to-weight ratios in their class, not to mention also being the leader in the fast ferry market. “The engine provides the horsepower we needed and has a good track record,” said Joe McCall, SEACOR Project Manager. “Other operators were quite pleased with this model.” “We’re thrilled to be working with the SEACOR Marine group,” said Jeff Sherman, Marine Sales Manager for MTU Detroit Diesel’s Workboat Division. “We’re extremely confident the MTU engines will lead to the overall success of this industry-changing catamaran project.”Gulfcraft, a leader among catamaran builders, also built the 170-foot Key West Express, which ferries tourists from Ft. Myers and Marco Island to
Key West, Florida.

This high-speed catamaran, much like the new vessel being built for SEACOR, features all aluminum construction, jet propulsion a stabilization system and is also powered by MTU engines.Scotty Tibbs, Comptroller at Gulfcraft, was asked how the engines are performing on the Key West Express. “They’re working out just fantastic,” he responded. “The owners are very pleased with the performance of the boat. We anticipate the same outstanding performance and satisfaction with the boat we’re building for SEACOR.”

March 12, 2007 Posted by | Marine | Leave a comment