Rolls-Royce Power Systems delivered the first of two 16-cylinder version of its mtu Series 8000 diesel engine to a shipyard in Taiwan, the first Series 8000 engine of its type. CSBC Corporation will install the two 16-V 8000 M71L engines in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard.
“The delivery is an important milestone for our Series 8000,” noted Knut Müller, v.p. - Global Governmental for Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit.
The mtu Series 8000 engines were introduced in 2016 for civil and military vessels. The 16V engine has an output of up to 10,000 kilowatts, and a variant of the 20V 8000 that Rolls has offered for about 20 years.
However, Rolls noted that the 16V 8000 is a completely new engine that offers increased efficiency and easier maintenance. It complies with IMO Tier II emissions regulations and can meet other emissions specifications as required, including structure-borne and airborne noise.
For the Taiwanese Coast Guard, each of the two engines will deliver 7,280 kw of power and accelerate 1000-ton vessels to up to 24 knots, or 27.6 mph. A total of six vessels of this class are to be built with mtu engines, and those engines will be delivered by the end of 2022, Rolls reported.
Rolls-Royce is due to supply 20 more of the new type of engine to a second customer, and some 20-cylinder mtu Series 8000 engines are being installed in Taiwanese Coast Guard 4000-ton class.
The Taiwanese Coast Guard is implementing a modernization program under which 141 ships of various sizes will be built by 2027.