Germany’s Caterpillar Marine has been selected to provide its dual fuel engines, MaK 16 M 46 DF, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply and handling system for four new cruise ships.

Two of the vessels are currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, while the remaining two are at shipyards in Turku, Finland.

Caterpillar Marine, along with LNG and cryogenic specialist Marine Service currently provides LNG propulsion solutions for shore-side bunkering, on-board storage and other purposes.

"We provide the complete system for ship operators who wish to capitalise on the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel."

Caterpillar Marine cruise and ferry segment manager Ulf Hannemann said: “From a single source, we provide the complete system for ship operators who wish to capitalise on the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel.

“We have successfully completed a number of diesel to dual-fuel conversions in the commercial shipping sector and our pipeline of newbuild installations continues to grow.

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“However, it is in the cruise sector that we see the greatest opportunities. Clean fuel for cruise vessels is essential in both operational and business strategy terms.”

The company said that its engines provide various new features, such as fast load response, better fuel consumption and long intervals between overhauls.

Last month, Caterpillar Marine was selected to provide its Cat power solutions for Stena Line’s four new 3,100 LM RoPax ferries.

Under the deal, the company would provide two MPP1500F and two MPP1410F controllable pitch propellers, in addition to the engines and required gear boxes.

Image: Liquefied Natural Gas is a readily available alternative fuel that can reduce emissions and fuel costs. Photo: courtesy of Caterpillar.