Caterpillar to Power Transnet Harbor Tugs
MaK M 25 C propulsion engines to be installed on eight tugs
Caterpillar Marine announced MaK 8 M 25 C propulsion engines have been selected by Transnet National Ports Authority to power eight identical 70 ton bollard-pull tugs on order at a South African shipyard. The tugs will be 31 meters in length with a beam of 12.5 meters and will each be powered by two MaK 8 M 25 C engines with a total output of approximately 5332 kW. The MaK engines will be delivered between 2015 and 2018.
“Caterpillar is firmly committed to providing powerful, sustainable solutions to the global commercial tug operators and our Cat and MaK engines are ideal for operators looking to enhance the efficiency of their operations” said David Surroca, Caterpillar Marine regional sales manager. “With outstanding engine reliability and efficiency, paired with a serviceable, maintenance-friendly design, the MaK engines will help the tug operators in reducing the operating cost and achieving highest uptime without sacrificing performance."
MaK engines offer customers a wide range of technical innovations, including excellent load response capabilities, better fuel consumption as well as long intervals between overhauls, Caterpillar said, adding, the reduced number of components on the engine and the simplicity of the design enable easier overhauls.