Detroit, MI (PRWEB) December 3, 2008
As its name infers, the Seacor Cheetah is one fast ship, having reached speeds of up to 42 knots during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to four MTU 16V 4000 engines rated at 3,305 horsepower each. It is by far the fastest crew boat ever built, but it is not just speed that has earned it the Ship of the Year honor from American Ship Review.
As the newest edition to Seacor Marine's fleet of offshore vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico, Seacor Cheetah is the first in what the company calls its CrewZer series. Considering its speed and its ability to seat up to 149 passengers, the Seacor Cheetah is challenging owners to rethink the equation of using crew boats versus helicopters for crew transport from off-shore operations.
Instead of having to compromise cost for timeliness -- the traditional tradeoff between helicopter transfers and crew boat transfers -- the Seacor Cheetah's speed allows for transfers at a differential of about 15 knots over existing crew boats. While still not as quick as helicopter transfers, the seat-mile cost to transport crew using Seacor Cheetah can be up to 40 percent lower than transporting the same crew with a helicopter. Seacor Cheetah also offers greater comfort and safety, being able to operate in some conditions where helicopters cannot.
"The Seacor Cheetah is revolutionizing crew/supply transport in the off-shore oil and gas industry," said MTU Marine Sales Manager, Jeff Sherman. "It has been a very exciting project that MTU is extremely proud to be a part of. We are happy to contribute to the success of this industry-changing catamaran project, and we look forward to a long relationship with Seacor Marine."
The next project on which MTU will partner with Seacor Marine is the Seacor Cheetah's sister ship, Seacor Cougar, which is currently in construction at Gulf Craft's Patterson, Louisiana shipyard. Seacor Cougar will be equipped with four MTU Next Generation Series 4000 work boat engines rated at 3,405 horsepower at 2,000 rpm. Seacor Cougar is expected to launch in early 2009.
MTU will be introducing its Next Generation Series 4000 work boat engine to the North American market at the Workboat International Show in New Orleans from December 3 - 5, 2008. The enhanced engine features improved fuel consumption, longer maintenance intervals for major overhauls and increased power output of the 16-cylinder version. The engine also meets today's emissions regulations for EPA Tier 2 and is technically equipped to fulfill stricter limits in the future.
Detroit Diesel, Inc. is the North American regional headquarters of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world's most important providers of diesel engines and drive and propulsion systems for ships, heavy-duty land and rail vehicles, and decentralized power plants. It offers a complete line of power solutions from 30 to 12,200 bhp (20 to 9,100 kW) for applications in the marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense markets. MTU Detroit Diesel is part of the MTU Engines division of Tognum AG. http://www.mtu?online.com
With its two business units, "Engines" and "Onsite Energy & Components", the Tognum Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems. These products are based on diesel engines with up to 9,100 kilowatts (kW) power output, gas engines up to 2,000 kW, fuel cells up to 363 kW and gas turbines up to 50,000 kW.
The product portfolio of the "Engines" business unit comprises MTU engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy agricultural, rail and military vehicles, and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio of the "Onsite Energy & Components" business unit includes distributed energy systems of the brand MTU Onsite Energy, fuel-injection systems from L'Orange, and drive shafts from Rotorion. The energy systems comprise diesel engines for emergency power generation, basic and peak load, and cogeneration power plants based on gas engines, fuel cells and gas turbines that generate both electricity and heat.
In 2007, Tognum generated revenue of more than €2.8 billion and employs approximately 8,600 people. With 26 fully consolidated subsidiaries, more than 130 sales partners and 1,100 authorized dealers, Tognum's sales and service structure has a global reach. The shares of Tognum AG (ISIN: DE000A0N4P43) have been listed in the MDAX share index since 2007.