Fuel-efficient Cummins X15 launches
Cummins has launched a fuel and cost-efficient version of its X15 engine for the marine market featuring its latest fuel system product with high injection pressure for fuel optimisation.
The X15 marine includes common rail system XPI, which provides the highest injection pressure of any other common rail system for an efficient fuel burn and cleaner emissions. X15 for marine also uses engine control module CM2350, which provides diagnostic and monitoring capability, de-rates and automated engine shut downs, fuel sensor monitoring, digital engine start/stop functionality and gear pressure and temperature.
Speaking about contracts for the X15 marine at Seawork 2018, Scott Melindzak, global leader - marine business at Cummins, said: “Any contracts are just in the preliminary discussion stage. The engine will be used primarily in commercial operations. We see a lot of repower opportunities for older engines where companies want to move to a newer technology.
“We’re seeing interest in the wind farm segment, small passenger ferries. On auxillery engines those gensets can go on just about anything. So, we’re seeing emergency genset requirements. Globally, we will probably sell more of these engines outside the US. We want to get the message across that we are a global marine company.”
Designed to withstand high hour, continuous duty operation, the engine will offer variable speed and fixed speed ratings between 336kW and447kW. It will also meet US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Tier II emissions standards.
The first installation of the X15 marine will take place in a Louisiana (USA) crew boat, replacing a dated non-Cummins engine.
Mr Melindzak confirmed that Cummins has already begun reviewing designs to bring the X15 for marine to the leisure marine market.
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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