First MaK Dual-Fuel Engine Shipped from Rostock Facility to Japanese Customer

First MaK dual-fuel engine shipped from Rostock Facility to Japanese customer

The very first MaK dual-fuel engine left Caterpillar's facility in Rostock, Germany, to be shipped to the customer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Japan June 5. Together, with three regular 12 M 43 C engines, the 12 M 46 DF will power the first of two cruise ships of the new generation ordered by German AIDA Cruises.

These innovative marine engines were developed by Caterpillar Motoren in Kiel, Germany, (Kiel Engine Center, KEC) and manufactured at the Rostock subsidiary. AIDA's new generation of ships also sets the standard when it comes to protecting the environment. An AIDA ship currently consumes only 3 liters of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometers. The new AIDA vessels will consume even less. The ships of the new AIDA generation are fitted with MaK dual-fuel engines, meaning they can also run on liquefied gas, depending on its availability in the port. The use of eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) substantially reduces CO2 and particle emissions.

"With these ships, AIDA will set new industry standards for the future both with regard to their new and innovative product features as well as in terms of protecting the environment. In 1996, AIDA sparked a revolution at sea with the relaxed cruising concept. We are convinced that the German cruise market will continue to grow and that we will provide further momentum for the market with our new generation of ships," said Michael Ungerer, President of AIDA Cruises.

Caterpillar Motoren designed the MaK M 46 DF to meet upcoming emission and fuel sulfur regulations. The engine will provide maximum flexibility for vessel operating in regulated and/or lesser regulated areas without significant changes to engine room or the exhaust gas system.

The MaK M 46 DF dual-fuel marine engine, available in vee and in-line platforms, marks Caterpillar's entry into the gas segment of the commercial marine industry. It delivers a power rating of 900 kW per cylinder at 500 and 514 rpm in diesel and gas modes, respectively. This engine is another prominent example for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems' quest to provide customers with total productivity solutions.