Hamburg, Germany - Caterpillar Marine is proud to have successfully supported EPSA in supplying marine power systems for 21 shipsets for the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPBR) for Austal Limited. 

PPBR is part of the Commonwealth’s Pacific Maritime Security Program to enhance maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific. Each shipset consists of two Cat® 3516C propulsion engines, two Cat C7.1 generator sets, one Cat C4.4 generator set, and one Cat Propulsion fix pitch control system.

Caterpillar Territory Sales Manager, Joel Lee commented on the project,” Caterpillar Marine is honored to have these 21 vessels powered with our proven engine design of the 3516, C7.1 generator set & C4.4 generator set. In addition, Caterpillar Marine also supplied our MPC800 fix pitch control system, which is an ongoing improvement initiative from our previous controllable pitch control system. This enables Caterpillar Marine to adapt an existing product to support a wider product range.”

Cat Propulsion and EPSA successfully delivered the first Cat Propulsion fix pitch control system to Austal Limited in June 2018.   

“Caterpillar - Energy Power Systems Australia is proud to be a trusted and valued supplier to Austal Ships for customized marine propulsion and power generation solutions, “said John Taylor, MEC Manager and marine specialist for Energy Power Systems Australia.

“Offering Caterpillar centric integrated marine propulsion solutions with unrivaled global network support and low cost of ownership makes Caterpillar the right choice every time. EPSA has successfully delivered many solutions including the highly versatile Cape Class design vessels and new Guardian Class Patrol Boats destined for the Pacific Islands,” said Taylor.

Cat dealer EPSA led Caterpillar's efforts on the project and will continue to manage subsequent service of the Caterpillar solutions.

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 organization 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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