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Rolls-Royce awarded contract with Taiwanese Coast Guards for engines MTU Series 8000


According to a press release published by Rolls-Royce on April 21, the company has delivered the first 16-cylinder engines of the successful MTU Series 8000. The Taiwanese shipyard CSBC Corporation will install the first two 16V 8000 M71L engines in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Series 8000 16V naval engine at NAVDEX 2017. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)


The two engines deliver 7,280 kilowatts of power each and will accelerate the 1000-ton class vessels to 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 16V engine thus continues the success story of the MTU Series 8000: with an output of up to 10,000 kilowatts, its “big brother” 20V 8000 has been the best-selling engine in its power class since its introduction around 20 years ago.

The 16V 8000 is not just another cylinder variant of 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.

MTU engines of Series 8000 are currently also being installed in further vessels of the Taiwanese Coast Guard: The 4000-ton class vessels (Chiayi-class) will receive 20-cylinder engines of type 20V 8000 M91L. 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 – significantly increasing the existing fleet of Taiwanese Coast Guard vessels with MTU engines.

The Coast Guard Administration of the Ocean Affairs Council, also known as the Taiwan Coast Guard or R.O.C. Coast Guard, is charged with maintaining law and order, protecting the resources of the territorial waters of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The Chiayi-class patrol vessel is a heavy patrol vessel of the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan. Four ships are planned. All four are planned to be constructed by CSBC Corporation, Taiwan.

The class has a helipad and hangar which can accommodate a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. It is equipped with a medical center with a negative pressure area, a surgery suite, and a x-ray facility.

The newly built 4,000-ton class patrol ships can withstand strong winds of class 10 and has an endurance of more than 10,000 mph.