MaK 8 M 32 C diesels will power the three Super C Class ferries on
order for BC Ferries at Flensburger Sc hiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG) Germany.
With more than 750 engines sold, the MaK M 32 series has gained a leading
position in its market segment. The M 32 C, produces 500 kW per cylinder
and has proven successful as a prime mover in diesel electric propulsion
In the Super C Class ferries, for example, the four MaK 8M 32 C generator
sets in each ship jointly supply the electrical energy for the currently
operating unit of the two propulsion motors (each of 11,000 kW), all the
auxiliary systems and the comprehensive facilities available on the ships.
At an engine speed of 600 rpm, a total of 16,000 kW is available at the
main switchboard. Even with only two generator sets active, a cruising
speed of 18 knots can still be maintained.
In addition to the low operating costs and the high level of reliability,
another important feature of the MaK engines is their low emissions..
The engines meet current IMO emissions standards and can be retrofitted with the
Caterpillar-developed ACERT system to meet expected future requirements for even
lower emissions. For this purpose, FlexCam Technology (FCT) or SingleFluid CommonRail (SFCR)
are available. The employment of the FlexCam Technology, for example, reduces
the soot emission in the part-load range to the point where it is invisible
and lowers the NOx emission by a further 30 % below the current IMO limiting value.
The decision of the shipping company and the yard in favor of MaK 8M 32 C generator
sets from Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is the result of many years of successful
cooperation between the partners. As early as 1970, BC Ferries had good experience
with MaK propulsion systems following the conversion of two ships and has since equipped
a large proportion of its new ships with MaK or Cat engines.
The Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft http://www.fsg-ship.de/ also mainly
employs the proven MaK drive systems in their well-known RoRo type ships.
MaK Deutschland (as the partner of the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft) and
Finning Power Systems (as the Canadian partner of BC Ferries) have cooperated
extremely closely on the project.