Rolls-Royce has delivered the first two 16-cylinder versions of its MTU Series 8000 engines. The 16V 8000 M71L engines will be in new patrol vessels for the Taiwan Coast Guard. They are under construction by Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation.
The two engines each deliver 7,280 kW of power and will give the 1,000-ton class vessels a speed of up to 24 knots. A total of six vessels of this class are to be built with MTU engines, and the engines will be delivered by the end of 2022. Rolls-Royce has also already sold a further 20 engines of the new type to a second customer.
The best-selling engine in the MTU Series 8000, with an output of up to 10,000 kW, is the 20V 8000, introduced around 20 years ago.
Rolls-Royce says the 16V 8000 is not just another cylinder variant of the Series 8000, but a completely new engine that incorporates various product improvements from which customers now benefit in the form of further increased efficiency and even easier maintenance. The engine complies with IMO Tier II emissions regulations and can also meet other emissions specifications as required. The engine also meets the stringent requirements of the Taiwanese Coast Guard regarding structure-borne and airborne noise.
Knut Müller, vice president Global Governmental at Rolls-Royce business unit 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.”
The Taiwanese Coast Guard is currently carrying out a modernization 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.