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ROLLS-ROYCE DELIVERS FIRST 16-CYLINDER MTU 8000 ENGINES

ROLLS-ROYCE DELIVERS FIRST 16-CYLINDER MTU 8000 ENGINES

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 

Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 16-cylinder engines of the its mtu Series 8000, to Taiwanese shipyard CSBC Corporation, which will install the two 16V 8000 M71L engines in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard.

The engines each deliver 7,280kW and will accelerate the 1000t class vessels to up to 24 knots. A total of six vessels of this class are to be built with mtu engines, the engines for which will be delivered by the end of 2022. Rolls-Royce has already sold a further 20 engines of the new type to a second customer. The 16V engine thus continues the success story of the mtu Series 8000: with an output of up to 10,000kW, its 'big brother”' 20V 8000 is said to have been the best-selling engine in its power class since its introduction around 20 years ago.

Knut Müller, VP Global Governmental, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “The delivery is an important milestone for our Series 8000. We are proud that we have been able to convince the Taiwanese Coast Guard, a very demanding customer, of our new product and look forward to confirming the trust they have placed in us.”

Rather than a straight variant of the Series 8000,the 16V version is a completely new engine that incorporates various product improvements in the form of increased efficiency and easier maintenance. The engine complies with IMO Tier II emissions regulations and can meet other emissions specifications as required. The engine also meets the stringent requirements of the Taiwanese Coast Guard regarding structure-borne and airborne noise.

Series 8000 engines are currently being installed in further vessels of the Taiwanese Coast Guard: The 4000t class vessels will receive 20-cylinder engines of type 20V 8000 M91L. The Taiwanese Coast Guard is currently carrying out a modernisation program under which a total of 141 ships of various sizes are to be built by 2027. Many of these will be powered by mtu engines of Series 4000 and 8000 – significantly increasing the existing fleet of Taiwanese Coast Guard vessels with mtu engines.

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