Caterpillar to Unveil Cat Propulsion Twin Fin Propulsion System at ITS Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany - Caterpillar Marine will launch the Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System at the 2014 ITS Hamburg Conference and Exhibition, June 16th – 20th. The Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System is a new diesel-electric solution that saves on fuel and emissions, while improving overall vessel performance. The Twin Fin System protects all of the propulsion mechanical parts within the hull profile while retaining the cargo space saving and maneuverability claims made for outboard solutions while simultaneously offering critical reliability gains.

Initially conceived for harsh operating environments, the Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System comprises a compact electric motor and gearbox configuration connected via short drive shaft, rotating a pair of controllable pitch propellers whose performance is enhanced by two tailor-made fins attached to the hull. Major transmission parts in the system are accessible from inside the vessel, enhancing ease of maintenance and averting the need to drydock. The Twin Fin solution can be applied to newbuilds, retrofits and conversions in any commercial marine application and is available via the global Cat dealer network.

“We developed the Twin Fin system in partnership with Odense Maritime Technology (OMT) and Scandinavian Marine Group (SMG) initially as a solution to make vessels operating in Arctic conditions less vulnerable to damage to the propulsion system,” Mattias Hansson, Caterpillar Marine senior project manager commented. “As the innovative concept has been engineered into vessels, we’ve been pleased to not only see increased reliability but improvements in fuel consumption and thrust performance as well.”

The Caterpillar Twin Fin system achieves efficiency gains measurable across a range of performance criteria. It offers increased thrust – and requires lower input power – thanks to larger propellers running at low shaft speed plus minimal mechanical loss.  Hydrodynamically designed fins ensure homogenous water flow to the propellers for lower fuel consumption plus lower emissions and noise radiation. To fulfill dynamic positioning duties, the Twin Fin System can be specified with tunnel thrusters, either attached to the fins or central skeg running between the fins.

Polarcus DMCC was the first operator to incorporate the Twin Fin system on a conversion project involving an Ultstein SX124 vessel. “The Twin Fin system is a tailor-made system developed in close collaboration with our clients and is primarily intended for diesel electric vessel applications. The system is designed depending on the operational requirements and profile in order to achieve optimum performance,” Hansson continued. “In addition to being the most compact system of its kind for offshore vessels, the system has proven to be a robust performer during operation without diminishing maneuverability. It achieves better overall performance and increased cargo loading capacity in comparison with azimuth thruster applications.”

Caterpillar Propulsion experts will be on hand at ITS 2014 in Hamburg at the Caterpillar booth Stand 5. For more information on the Twin Fin concept and Cat Propulsion solutions, please visit www.catpropulsion.com. For up to the minute information, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caterpillarmarine and Twitter: https://twitter.com/catmarineglobal.

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About Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat® and MaK marine engines and propulsion systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organisation provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100  kWe in marine generator sets as well as a comprehensive portfolio of propulsion solutions. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

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About Caterpillar

For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.656 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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