Scania''s proven common rail XPI (extra-high pressure) fuel-injection technology has arrived in the marine sector with the company''s latest V8 engine to make its debut at this year’s Seawork International.

Boasting commercial ratings of up to 1,150 horsepower, (846kW), the Scania V8 DI16 power unit featuring XPI will form the centrepiece of Scania's stand. Also on display will be a six-cylinder, 13 litre DI13 unit.

"Scania’s common-rail XPI fuel-injection system has long been used in our engines for trucks and industrial applications, where it has earned a reputation for reliability and fuel-efficiency," says Ray Johnson, general manager for Scania Engines.

"While the fuel quality required for marine applications is different, filter technology has now reached a level that allows for performance and uptime to be maintained at the high level that we and our customers expect. “

Mr Johnson explained that Scania’s new V8 engine range is class-leading in terms of its fuel consumption, delivering savings of up to 5% compared to others on the market.

“It also provides an excellent choice for applications where power and performance are required in a lightweight, compact package. As such, we see typical installations being high speed patrol boats and planning hull vessels,” he said.

While the new V8 range represents an increase in power on the previous generation, the physical size of the complete installation has remained the same making it easy to upgrade an existing V8 installation to the new engine platform.

Scania’s modular system in combination with the company’s Engine Management System (EMS) allows for the same platform to be used in different applications. An engine solution can thus be tailored for completely different operating profiles without compromise.

Scania is a major supplier to UK industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications. Additionally, the company provides a wide range of complementary and ancillary services in support of its products and customers through its 89 strong network of service centres.

The firm is based in Sweden with production facilities in Europe and Latin America.

Visit Scania at stand number Q23 at this year’s Seawork International.

By Anne-Marie Causer