Caterpillar to Power Ostensjo Rederi Offshore Construction Vessel Newbuild with New M 32 E Engine Platforms

For Worldwide Release: December 2013
Release Number: M21PR13

Hamburg Germany – Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce MaK™ engines have been selected to power an Østensjø Rederi newbuild set for delivery in spring 2016, to be constructed by Kleven Shipyard in Norway. The newbuild, a large offshore construction vessel, is being specifically designed and built for the Greater North Sea conditions. The propulsion system is comprised of two MaK 8 M32 E generating sets with a power output of 4,400 kW each, 2x MaK 6 M32 E at 3, 300 kW each and two MaK 6 M20 C at 1,140 kW each. The new M 32 E engine solutions boast an increased power rating of 550 kW per cylinder @ 720 and 750 rpm and with total output ranging from 3,300 kW for the six cylinder configuration to 4,950 kW for the nine cylinder configuration.

“We’re pleased the new high performance M 32 E power solutions have been selected for such a significant project in the Norwegian offshore sector as it is an ideal platform to drive variable speed diesel-electric systems,” Alexander Kohse, Caterpillar Marine offshore segment manager noted. “The combined MaK platforms will provide the vessel with unmatched power as well as reduced fuel consumption and emissions.”

The OCV features Caterpillar designed variable speed electric generator sets integrated into a floating frequency electric drive system. A Cat® C18 emergency generator with a capacity of 425 kW is also inte­grated into the vessel’s machinery. The Norwegian Cat dealer Pon Power AS led Caterpillar Marine’s efforts on the sale.

Offering both 720 and 750 rpm the higher power output is ideal for diesel electric propulsion and auxiliary power applications complementing the multi-engine concepts which are typical for the offshore market. Compared to previous solutions the new design allows to substantially reducing the footprint of the generator set. Besides the higher engine power density, the length and weight of the package has been reduced by more than 15%, without compromising reliability, durability, vibrations and structural borne noise. A seamless integration of the control system into the vessel electronics is ensured by the new modular alarm and control system (MACS). With MACS, the M 32 E can as well be perfectly integrated with the proven Cat high speed engines in mixed engine rooms by using common Cat Electronics components like the legendary Cat ADEM™ A4 engine control module.

“The M 32 E is a perfect example of bringing additional value to our customers,” said Carsten Seeburg, Caterpillar Marine product definition engineer. “We were able to combine our prime design priorities highest uptime and lowest cost of operation with a more compact solution fitting into today’s tight engine rooms.” The engine features a stroke of 460 mm and utilizes the piston and other proven parts from the VM 32 C. It shares the same footprint with the M 32 C. In addition to having Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) capability, the new M 32 E features the same reliability, maintenance intervals and lube oil consumption as the M 32 C product series. The M 32 E provides the technical platform for the recently announced M 34 DF dual fuel engine and is EPA Tier 2 and IMO II compliant.

For more information on MaK variable speed solutions, please visit the Caterpillar booth #N1A41 at the 2013 Marintec Show in Shanghai, China, December 3rd – 6th. Industry experts will be on hand to answer questions on the new engine. Unable to make the show? Visit Follow us on Facebook: and Twitter: using #catmarintec for updates throughout the show.

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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 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. 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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