At the ongoing Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX; 25-27 March 2014; Qatar National Convention Centre - QNCC), Rolls-Royce Power Systems is unveiling its new marine genset carrying the MTU brand.
The genset is based on a 6-cylinder Series 1600 inline engine delivering up to 323 kW output and compliant with IMO Tier II and EPA Tier 3 regulations.
The marine engine version is configured for on-board power generation and is derived from the highly robust and cost-efficient Series 1600 unit used for power generation on land. With maintenance intervals considerably longer than average and specific fuel consumption under 205 g/kWh at full continuous power, the genset sets a new standard in terms of low overall running costs.
The genset engine is also highly versatile, and meets not only classification society regulations in the commercial segment, but also the strict demands of civil and military applications with respect to acoustics, shock and magnetic signature. At MTU, Series 1600 engines run through marine engine production processes to enable them also to meet the advanced logistic requirements (ILS) that prevail in the naval and coast guard segment worldwide.
MTU will also inform visitors about its latest IMO Tier II-compliant 2000, 4000 and 8000 units and its Series 396 and 1163 engines, whose range of applications includes frigates, corvettes, coast guard vessels, patrol boats, amphibious landing craft and other special-purpose vessels worldwide. MTU Series 8000 engines cover power outputs up to 10,000 Kilowatts and the 20-cylinder version is the top seller in its performance class for the propulsion of naval vessels.
MTU's propulsion portfolio is completed by its gas turbine which delivers outputs up to 35,320 kW to facilitate top propulsion speeds in combination with diesel engines. MTU charging units also supply U-boats with the power they require. Its advanced-technology Series 4000 diesel genset for U-boats with 1300 kW output is currently being developed and is to be launched in 2016. This genset allows the potential offered by li-ion battery technology to be exploited to the full, resulting in significantly shorter load cycles and a lower indiscretion rate. Fuel consumption in relation to Series 396 units has been substantially reduced. The genset can also be run in optimized emissions and acoustics mode so that IMO Tier II emissions specifications are met in surface operation.
MTU provides marine propulsion along with suitable ship automation. Callosum is ship automation system developed in-house for optimum monitoring and control of marine propulsion and all ship's services. Modular software for damage control, on-board training and maintenance support allows the function scope to be expanded as the customer requires. The latest version is based on COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) products.
Callosum has performed in many naval and coast guard applications for customers such as the U.S. Coast Guard, the UAE Navy, the Kuwait Coast Guard and the Pakistan Navy. It has also been selected for monitoring and control of the new vessels currently being built for the Royal Navy of Oman.