Since its introduction in 2000, MTU's Series 8000 high-speed diesel engine has gained popularity among Naval and Commercial shipbuilders because of its performance and operating availability.
With over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold, and with over 160,000 hours in combined operation, the world's highest power to weight ratio in this power range is said to be the low risk propulsion engine option for many navies and high-speed ferry operators.
Delivering up to 12,200 bhp (9100 kW) of continuous power, MTU's Series 8000 has consistently set the performance benchmarks for fuel efficiency - less than 190g/kWh, while achieving IMO Marpol NOx emission certification. The 20V 8000 engine is now also available in a US EPA Tier II emission certified configuration.
In Naval applications, 56 of MTU's Series 8000 engines have already been sold to power various patrol and support craft, as well as Frigate and Corvette class warships operated by the Singaporean, Danish and Omanian Navies.
Austal Ships, has selected two 20V 8000 M91 Series diesels to power the 416-ft. Littoral Combat Ship Independence recently launched at their , shipyard for evaluation by the US Navy.
MTU's reputation for reliability has also proved attractive to commercial fast ferry operators around the world, with thirty one 20V 8000 Series currently operating in , , , , , and the .
The 20V 8000 Series success is proven performance coupled with state of the art technology that includes Common Rail Fuel Injection, which delivers maximum efficiency throughout the power range, Sequential Turbo-charging - which ensures fast acceleration and rapid response, and the latest Electronic Engine Management Control System - which delivers constant monitoring of the engine and gearbox operating parameters.
High power density, low weight and compact design coupled with excellent mechanical and thermal resistances are intrinsic elements of MTU engines, while their simple operation, ease of maintenance, low life-cycle costs and proven performance in a wide range of applications have made them the high speed diesel of choice in the 10,000 hp to 13,000 hp range.