MTlTs 595 Diesel Series Design Concept Proven Aboard Ferry 'Deutschland'

MTU Friedrichshafen installed its first 12V 595 series diesel engine aboard the 476-foot ferry Deutschland in October of 1990. This model is rated at 2,100 kw at 1,500 rpm and replaced one of the ship's nine 1,840-kw, 12-cylinder MTU 956s.

The engine has had over 4,000 operating hours with a reported power level of 83 percent and a 95 percent share of the ship's service time. An MCS computer monitoring system, developed by MTU-Elektronik, was installed in order to gather data about the engine when installed aboard a ship. The conclusions gathered from the data taken show that the engine is easy to maintain and should have low life-cycle costs. A split-circuit cooling system (TE concept), originally introduced with the 396 series, was also installed on the 595 series engine.

MTU has also been recording test results from a trial engine which was mounted on a factory test stand.

The engine has reported logged 3,000 hours without any notable malfunctions.

Based on a power output of 3,240 kw at 1,800 rpm, MTU says the average utilization rate is about 90 percent.

The 16V 595 engine was recently installed aboard the 331-foot car ferry, Aquastrada, being built by Rodriguez Cantieri Navali. MTU has also logged several other orders for the 595 series engine.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  May 1992

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