Innovative design of 4x MaK 9 M 43 C engines in a diesel-electric configuration ensure quiet and smooth running to reduce disturbing vibrations and visible smoke for passengers on the new “AIDAblu,” the newest addition to the AIDA Cruises’s fleet.
The engines were developed and manufactured by Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co KG and project management was in the hands of specialists from Caterpillar Marine Power Systems in Hamburg and Kiel. German-based Cat® dealer Zeppelin Power Systems was responsible for taking the engines into operation and will also cater to future engine service.
The 252 meter (827 feet) Sphinx-class series cruise ship “AIDAblu” has a passenger capacity of 2,192 over 14 decks. These engines provide 36,000 kW (48,960 bhp) for both main propulsion and electric power to the main switchboard.
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems
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