Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), part of Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar company, announced MaK Asia will be adding the EMD 710 two-cycle engine to their marine sales portfolio. This expands MaK Asia’s engine offerings while providing EMD customers in Asia with a local support channel. Marintec 2013 will be the first tradeshow featuring the new distribution.
Brian Grinter, director of EMD’s Power Products sales business, reflected on the benefits of utilizing MaK Asia, “EMD Power Products is excited to have MaK Asia as part of the team. MaK Asia has an outstanding reputation for sales and service in the marine industry from Australia to China.”
The EMD 710 engine has a proven legacy with an exciting future. “The architecture of the 710 two-cycle engine dates back almost 75 years to the first Series 567 two-cycle engines that powered the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Landing Ship Tank (LST) vessels in World War II,” affirmed Grinter. “Since World War II, the engine has undergone an evolution of comprehensive improvements to performance, reliability, serviceability and cost of ownership. Together with its Series 567 and Series 645 predecessors, the Series 710 engine is built on a legacy of more than 72,500 engines delivered worldwide.”
Beginning with IMO II emissions regulations, engine manufacturers were required to significantly reduce engine oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions. EMD engineers found the Series 710 responded favorably to emissions reduction efforts, with several advantages over how competitive engines achieve the same standard. The result was a certified engine model that represented significant reductions in fuel and lube oil consumption from prior generations. EMD achieved this through enhancement of existing internal engine components.
“EMD’s engine model provides the lowest life cycle cost in the 1.4 to 4.0 MW range,” Grinter continued. “Staying true to the continuous improvement mindset, EMD’s Series 710 two-cycle engine not only meets emissions standards, but also does so with further improvements to fuel and lube oil consumption without consequence to its performance. The 710 is a special product with many intrinsic merits yielding real measurable value for our customers in many facets of their operations, and we constantly receive positive feedback.”
EMD is actively developing products to meet future emissions regulations with a dual fuel natural gas option in 2014. “The future is certainly very exciting for EMD in the marine engine market, and EMD looks forward to supplying Series 710 medium-speed, two-cycle engines in step with its dynamic energy and regulatory landscapes,” Grinter added.