The Germany-based engine manufacturer has delivered two 16V 8000-series engines to Taiwan and fielded orders for 30 more
Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 16-cylinder versions of its mtu Series 8000 engines to Taiwanese shipyard CSBC Corporation. The shipyard will install the two 16V 8000 M71L engines in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard.
The two engines deliver 7,280 kW of power each and give the coast guard vessels a top speed of 24 knots.
Rolls-Royce’s total order for the Taiwanese Coast Guard numbers six vessels, all of which are to be built with mtu engines, and the company said the remaining engines will be delivered by the end of 2022.
Rolls-Royce said it has sold another 20 engines of the same type to a second customer.
“The delivery is an important milestone for our Series 8000. We are proud 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,” Rolls-Royce vice president global Knut Müller said.
Rolls-Royce said, despite being part of a series, the 16V 8000 is a completely new engine that incorporates increased efficiency and easier maintenance.
The engine complies with IMO Tier II emissions regulations and, the company said "can meet other emissions specifications as required". The engine also meets the structure-borne noise requirements of the Taiwanese Coast Guard.
The Taiwanese Coast Guard is currently carrying out a modernisation program under which 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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