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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.

VM 43 C Marine Propulsion Engine

Developed to meet the requirements of the cruise ship and ferry markets, this new engine series is the breakthrough into a new class of power. Designed state-of-the-art, engineered to lead. After the successful introduction into the market of four new engine series in only ten years, the extension of the program continues with a further engine - the VM 43 C engine. The 12 and 16 cylinder V-version of the M 43 C doubles the power on offer from Caterpillar to 16 MW and therefore supports new and important market segments and groups of customers.

  • Specification Summary

  • Power Range 12000 - 16800 kW
  • Speed Range 500-514 rpm
  • Emissions IMO II
  • Aspiration Turbocharged
  • Specification Sheet


Product Details

Power Rating

Power Range 12000 - 16800 kW

Engine Specifications

Speed Range 500-514 rpm
Emissions IMO II
Aspiration Turbocharged
Bore 430 mm
Stroke 610 mm
Displacement 88.6 L
Rotation (from flywheel end) Counterclockwise / Clockwise
Configuration 12, 16 cylinder

Dimensions & Weights

Minimum Dry Weight 160 kg
Minimum Length 9842 mm
Maximum Length 11943 mm
Minimum Height 5122 mm
Maximum Height 5098 mm
Minimum Width 3890 mm
Maximum Width 4027 mm
  • Air Inlet System
    •  Air intake silencer / filter
  • Air intake silencer / filter
    • Control System
      •  Speed governor cabinet incl. load sharing unit (for multiple engine plant only)
      •  Protection system (external cabinet)
      •  Serial link interface (MODbus/canbus)
      •  Start/stop panel
      •  Protection panel (emerg. Stop, override, reset push buttons)
    • Cooling System
      •  2-stage charge air cooler
      •  HT cooling water pump (engine driven)
      •  Electronic cooling water preheater
    • Exhaust System
      •  Turbocharger at flywheel end
      •  Exhaust gas expansion joint
      •  Exhaust gas insulated manifolds
    • Turbocharger at flywheel end
      • Exhaust gas expansion joint
        • Exhaust gas insulated manifolds
          • Fuel System
            •  Fuel indicator filter
            •  Fuel circulating pump (electronically driven / MDO/MGO only)
            •  Fuel pressure valve (separate / MDO/MGO only)
          • Instrumentation
            •  Local control panel
            •  Pressure and temperature indicator
            •  Control push buttons and lamps
            •  Emergency stop lever
          • Lube System
            •  Lube oil pump (engine driven)
            •  Pressure regulating valve
            •  Lube oil safety filter
            •  Lube oil self-cleaning filter
            •  Lube oil plate cooler (separate)
            •  Dry sump
          • Mounting System
            •  Rigid mounting
            •  High flexible coupling
          • Starting System
            •  Starting air valve
            •  Electrical barring device
          • General
            •  Torsional Vibration Calculation (TVC)
            •  Lifting device (rental)
          • Torsional Vibration Calculation (TVC)
            • Lifting device (rental)
              • Air Inlet System
                •  Air intake transition piece
                •  Expansion joint
                •  Silencer / filter
                •  Air inlet shut-off valve
              • Control System
                •  Engine alarm system
                •  Electronic speed governor
                •  Remote control system
                •  Starter for electric driven pumps
                •  24 DC UPS
                •  Remote indicators (start air pressure, engine speed, etc.)
              • Cooling System
                •  HT/LT pump (double pump/engine driven)
                •  HT cooling water pump (electric driven)
                •  LT cooling water pump (electric driven)
                •  Sea water cooling pump (electric driven)
                •  FW/SW plate cooler
                •  Temperature control valve
                •  Steam/thermal oil cooling water preheater
              • Exhaust System
                •  Turbocharger at counter-flywheel side
                •  Silencer (with or without spark arrester)
              • Fuel System
                •  HFO treatment and supply modules
                •  HFO supply and booster pumps (electrical driven)
                •  HFO self-cleaning automatic filter
                •  Mixing tank
                •  HFO pressure regulating valve
                •  HFO final preheater
                •  HFO viscosity control device
                •  Fuel oil cooler
              • HFO treatment and supply modules
                • HFO supply and booster pumps (electrical driven)
                  • HFO self-cleaning automatic filter
                    • Mixing tank
                      • HFO pressure regulating valve
                        • HFO final preheater
                          • HFO viscosity control device
                            • Fuel oil cooler
                              • Lube System
                                •  Lube oil treatment and combined modules
                                •  Lube oil pump (electrical driven)
                                •  Temperature control valve
                                •  Pre-lubricating oil pump (electrical driven)
                              • Lube oil treatment and combined modules
                                • Lube oil pump (electrical driven)
                                  • Temperature control valve
                                    • Pre-lubricating oil pump (electrical driven)
                                      • Mounting System
                                        •  Resilient mounting
                                        •  Flexible pipe connections
                                      • Starting System
                                        •  Starting air receiver
                                        •  Starting air compressor
                                      • Starting air receiver
                                        • Starting air compressor
                                          • General
                                            •  PTO shaft on counter flywheel side
                                            •  Engine PTO coupling
                                            •  Reduction gear
                                            •  Reduction gear PTO coupling
                                            •  PTO alternator
                                            •  Cat Propulsion Systems
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