Hamburg-based marine engine builder Caterpillar Marine is completing the dual fuel engine retrofit conversion on the 472-foot Fure West tanker, owned by Furetank Rederi A/B, which will enable the vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
After conversion, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, the Fure West will continue trading in the Northern European Emission Control Area (ECA), employed by Furetank Chartering.
The MaK M 43 C diesel engine onboard the tanker will be retrofitted in hull to the 7 cylinder M 46 dual fuel platform, with each cylinder offering 900 kW of rated power.
Additionally, Caterpillar is also supplying the complete gas system for the tanker, including bunker stations, 2x LNG tanks measuring 4.15 meters by 24 meters and the vaporizer.
This project, backed by the European Union and developed with the Zero Vision Tool, will mark the second MaK engine dual fuel retrofit for Caterpillar.
In 2014, Caterpillar successfully completed the dual fuel engine retrofit conversion on the Anthony Veder Coral Anthelia LNG carrier.
”We’re pleased to continue to build upon our successful track record of dual fual conversions in the commercial marine industry and offer an increased scope of supply to our customers,” said Finn Vogler, Caterpillar Marine senior engineer.
”We have a market-ready technology available that our commercial marine customers can be completely confident in and after our success onboard the Coral Anthelia, we have seen the demand for MaK dual fuel solutions increase substantially.”