Caterpillar Marine to power One of the world's largest split hopper dredger with full propulsion solution

Hamburg, Germany – Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce one of the world’s largest split hopper dredger is being built with a complete Cat® engine and propulsion package. The 4200 cubic meter capacity vessel designed by MARIC Design House in conjunction with the Jiangsu Haixin shipyard, receives its shaft propulsion power from two Cat C280-8 engines which are used to power Cat MTA727 controllable pitch azimuthing thrusters. The electrical load is supplied by generators mounted on the front of the C280-8 engines and backed up by a C32 harbor genset and a C7.1 emergency genset.

The C280-8 provision of mechanical shaft power to the thrusters from the flywheel end and electrical shaft power off the C280-8 front end provides a simplified installation that helps maintain engine efficiency.

The all Cat vessel design allows for a single point of contact for best in class global service and parts support. “The propulsion system is very critical for dredgers in terms of operations and financial returns,” Mr. Jiang Guowang, deputy GM of Jiangsu Haixin Shipyard commented. “The high reliability and power efficiency of Cat engines, combined with Lei Sing Hang’s strong technical and service capability are the main reasons we choose Caterpillar Marine solution.”

The vessel is scheduled for launch in September of 2017

About Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK™ marine diesel, dual fuel and gas power 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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