• Banner
Commercial Propulsion Engines

Industry-leading technology allows Caterpillar to create the most reliable commercial engines for a variety of applications. From tugs and container vessels to yachts and sport fishers, Cat and MaK engines have demonstrated their efficiency countless times. With remarkable reliability and durability, these engines will exceed your expectations for decades.

3516C Propulsion Engine (Tier 3)

The 3516C propulsion engine is available with a wide range of ratings that meet EPA Tier 3 and IMO II regulations without any additional aftertreatment. These engines provide efficient operation with electronic governing, cold mode start strategy, and programmable low idle to minimize fuel consumption. The 3516C engine also incorporates a closed crankcase ventilation system to lower emissions.

  • Specification Summary

  • Power Range 2131-2675 bhp (1590-1995 bkW)
  • Speed Range 1600 rpm
  • Emissions EPA Tier 3, IMO II
  • Aspiration TTA

Product Details

Power Rating

Power Range 2131-2675 bhp (1590-1995 bkW)
Continuous Ratings - Maximum Power 1825 bkW
Heavy Duty Ratings - Maximum Power 2240 bkW
Maximum Continuous Ratings - Maximum Power 2350 bkW

Engine Specifications

Speed Range 1600 rpm
Emissions EPA Tier 3, IMO II
Aspiration TTA
Bore 170 mm
Stroke 215 mm
Displacement 78 L
Rotation (from flywheel end) Counterclockwise or Clockwise
Configuration Vee 16, 4-Stroke-Cycle Diesel

Dimensions & Weights

Minimum Dry Weight 9600 kg
Minimum Length 3192 mm
Maximum Length 3192 mm
Minimum Height 2225 mm
Maximum Height 2225 mm
Minimum Width 2284 mm
Maximum Width 2284 mm
  • Air Inlet System
    •  Corrosion-resistant separate circuit aftercooler core, air cleaners with service indicator, dual turbochargers, closed crankcase ventilation system
  • Control System
    •  Dual A4 engine control modules provide engine control and monitoring, rigid wiring harness with plug and run connectors on port and starboard sides
  • Cooling System
    •  Separate circuit auxiliary fresh water pump, centrifugal non-self-priming auxiliary sea water pump, gear driven centrifugal jacket water pump, expansion tank, engine oil cooler, thermostats and housing
  • Separate circuit auxiliary fresh water pump, centrifugal non-self-priming auxiliary sea water pump, gear driven centrifugal jacket water pump, expansion tank, engine oil cooler, thermostats and housing
    • Exhaust System
      •  Dry gas-tight exhaust manifolds with SOLAS compliant stainless steel heat shields, dual turbochargers with water-cooled bearings and heat shields, modular pulse exhaust manifold, single exhaust outlet
    • Fuel System
      •  Electronically controlled unit injectors, fuel filter with service indicators, fuel transfer pump, SOLAS compliant fuel connections with spill shield
    • Electronically controlled unit injectors, fuel filter with service indicators, fuel transfer pump, SOLAS compliant fuel connections with spill shield
      • Instrumentation
        •  Instrument panel shipped loose with Color Marine Power Display (MPD), alarm horn, overspeed shutdown notification light, emergency stop notification light, secondary ECU “Ready” light, secondary ECU “Active” light, graphic displ
      • Lube System
        •  Pre-lube strategy, top-mounted dual crankcase breathers, oil filter with service indicators, oil level gauge, oil filler, gear-type oil pump
      • Pre-lube strategy, top-mounted dual crankcase breathers, oil filter with service indicators, oil level gauge, oil filler, gear-type oil pump
        • Power Take-Offs
          •  Accessory drives — upper RH, upper and lower LH; two-sided front housing
        • Protection System
          •  A4 electronic control module with customer programmable engine derate strategies, engine alarms and diagnostics displayed on local and remote MPDs, emergency stop pushbutton, safety shutoff protection for oil pressure and water temperature, overspeed prot
        • A4 electronic control module with customer programmable engine derate strategies, engine alarms and diagnostics displayed on local and remote MPDs, emergency stop pushbutton, safety shutoff protection for oil pressure and water temperature, overspeed prot
          • General
            •  Vibration damper and guard, Cat® yellow paint, two lifting eyes attach to engine block,
          • ISO Certification
            •  Factory-designed systems built at Caterpillar ISO 9001:2000 certified facilities
          • Mounting System
            •  Mounting rails
          • Mounting rails
            • Air Inlet System
              •  Air Cleaner Removal
              •  Remote Air Inlet Adapters
            • Charging System
              •  Battery Charger
              •  Charging Alternator
            • Battery Charger
              • Charging Alternator
                • Control System
                  •  Throttle Position Sensor
                  •  Throttle Synchronization
                • Throttle Position Sensor
                  • Throttle Synchronization
                    • Cooling System
                      •  Water Level Switch Gauge
                      •  Coolant Level Sensors
                      •  Connections
                      •  Keel Cooling Conversions
                      •  Heat Exchangers
                      •  Auxiliary Water Pumps
                      •  Sea Water Pump Removal
                      •  Coolant Shunt Tanks
                      •  Air Separator
                      •  Marine Gear Cooling
                    • Exhaust System
                      •  Exhaust Outlet
                      •  Flexible Fittings
                      •  Elbows
                      •  Flanges
                      •  Flange and Exhaust Expanders
                      •  Mufflers
                    • Fuel System
                      •  Fuel Cooler
                      •  Fuel Priming Pumps
                      •  Flexible Fuel Lines
                      •  Rigid Fuel Lines
                      •  Primary Fuel Filter
                      •  Fuel level switch
                    • Fuel Cooler
                      • Fuel Priming Pumps
                        • Flexible Fuel Lines
                          • Rigid Fuel Lines
                            • Primary Fuel Filter
                              • Fuel level switch
                                • Instrumentation
                                  •  PL1000T Communication Module
                                  •  PL1000E Communication Module
                                  •  Customer Interface
                                  •  Thermocouples
                                  •  Remote Panel Display
                                  •  Remote Cylinder Temperature Display
                                  •  Pilot House Instrument Panels
                                  •  Marine Gear Sensors
                                  •  Engine Vision Display System
                                • Lube System
                                  •  Oil Pan
                                  •  Oil Pan Accessories
                                  •  Sump Pumps
                                  •  Prelubrication Options
                                  •  Lubricating Oil
                                  •  Centrifugal Oil Filter
                                • Mounting System
                                  •  Engine Supports
                                  •  Vibration Isolation Mountings
                                • Engine Supports
                                  • Vibration Isolation Mountings
                                    • Power Take-Offs
                                      •  Flexible Coupling and Guards
                                      •  Front Housing Accessories
                                      •  Front Housing Accessory Drives
                                      •  Upper LH Accessory Drive
                                      •  Upper RH Accessory Drive
                                      •  Front Power Take Offs
                                      •  Crankshaft Pulleys
                                      •  Damper Guard Removals
                                    • Protection System
                                      •  Air Inlet Shutoffs
                                      •  Switches and Contactors
                                      •  Explosion Relief Valve
                                      •  Sensors
                                    • Air Inlet Shutoffs
                                      • Switches and Contactors
                                        • Explosion Relief Valve
                                          • Sensors
                                            • Spare Parts Kits
                                              •  Parts Kits
                                              •  Pump Kits
                                              •  Fuel Transfer
                                              •  Lube Oil
                                            • Special Appearance
                                              •  Chrome Plated Relief Valves
                                              •  Black Air Cleaners
                                            • Chrome Plated Relief Valves
                                              • Black Air Cleaners
                                                • Starting System
                                                  •  Starting Motors or Barring Device
                                                  •  Air Starting Motors Options
                                                  •  Starting Aids
                                                  •  Battery Sets - 24 Volt - Dry
                                                  •  Battery Rack
                                                • Starting Motors or Barring Device
                                                  • Air Starting Motors Options
                                                    • Starting Aids
                                                      • Battery Sets - 24 Volt - Dry
                                                        • Battery Rack
                                                          • General
                                                            •  Tool Set
                                                            •  Caterpillar Datalink Wire
                                                          Built for it