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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.

C280-12 Marine Propulsion Engine (EPA Tier 4)

Building on the durability and reliability of the C280 engine platform, Caterpillar is pleased to offer the EPA Tier 2 compliant C280 engine line. The core components are the same as the existing C280, including the latest in EUI fuel system capabilities and state-of-the-art ADEM™ A3 Electronic Control Unit (ECU) features. Caterpillar® products continue to deliver more available power while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency. You can also count on long maintenance intervals and worldwide Caterpillar parts and service availability.

  • Specification Summary

  • Power Range 4962-5444 bhp (3700-4060 bkW)
  • Speed Range 1000 rpm
  • Emissions EPA Tier 4, IMO II
  • Aspiration TTA
  • Specification Sheet


Product Details

Power Rating

Power Range 4962-5444 bhp (3700-4060 bkW)

Engine Specifications

Speed Range 1000 rpm
Emissions EPA Tier 4, IMO II
Aspiration TTA
Bore 280 mm
Stroke 300 mm
Displacement 222 l
Rotation from Flywheel End Counterclockwise or clockwise
Configuration Vee 12, 4-Stroke-Cycle Diesel

Dimensions & Weights

Minimum Dry Weight 25980 kg
Minimum Length 4623 mm
Maximum Length 4623 mm
Minimum Height 3404 mm
Maximum Height 3404 mm
Minimum Width 2032 mm
Maximum Width 2032 mm
  • Air Inlet System
    •  Aftercooler, fresh water, corrosion resistant coated (air side)
    •  Air inlet shutoff
    •  Breather, crankcase, top-mounted
    •  Turbocharger, engine oil lubricated
  • Control System
    •  Dual Caterpillar A-III Electronic Engine Control Modules with Electronic Unit Injector Fuel System
    •  Rigid Wiring Harness (10 amp 24volt power required to drive Electronic Engine Control Modules)
  • Cooling System
    •  Engine coolant water drains
  • Engine coolant water drains
    • Exhaust System
      •  Dry, gas tight, exhaust manifold
    • Fuel System
      •  Distillate fuel (requires viscosity ranging from 1.4 cSt to 20 cSt at 38 degrees C)
      •  Fuel transfer pump (mounted on left hand side)
      •  Duplex fuel filters
      •  Electronically Controlled Unit Injectors
    • Lube Systems
      •  Centrifugal oil filters with single shutoff. Service side engine mounted on cylinder block inspection covers. Includes installed oil lines and single shutoff valve. Filters centrifuge bypass oil from the main lubricating oil pump. Can be serviced with the
      •  Oil filler and dipstick
      •  Valve, oil pressure regulating
      •  Valves, crankcase explosion relief
    • General
      •  Paint, Caterpillar yellow
      •  Pumps, gear driven: fuel, oil, jacket water, aftercooler/oil cooler water
    • Engine Application/Design Control
      •  Crankshaft Deflection Marks
      •  Extra Mounting Feet
    • Crankshaft Deflection Marks
      • Extra Mounting Feet
        • Engine Package Description
          •  Front Auxiliary Drive
          •  Stub Shaft Certification
        • Front Auxiliary Drive
          • Stub Shaft Certification
            • Air Inlet System
              •  Air Cleaners
              •  Air Cleaner options
            • Control System
              • Cooling System
                •  Auxiliary Water Pump
                •  Jacket Water Heaters
                •  Heat Recovery System
                •  Heat Recovery Thermostats
                •  De-Aerator
                •  Connections for Driven Equipment
                •  Cooling System Connection Groups
              • Auxiliary Water Pump
                • Jacket Water Heaters
                  • Heat Recovery System
                    • Heat Recovery Thermostats
                      • De-Aerator
                        • Connections for Driven Equipment
                          • Cooling System Connection Groups
                            • Exhaust System
                              •  Outlet Expander
                              •  Flexible Exhaust Fittings
                              •  Weld Flange
                            • Outlet Expander
                              • Flexible Exhaust Fittings
                                • Weld Flange
                                  • Fuel System
                                    •  Fuel Priming Pump
                                    •  Duplex Primary Fuel Strainer
                                    •  Fuel Systems Connections
                                  • Fuel Priming Pump
                                    • Duplex Primary Fuel Strainer
                                      • Fuel Systems Connections
                                        • Lube System
                                          •  Oil Pan Drain Valve
                                          •  Lube Connections
                                          •  Lube Oil Heater
                                        • Marine Society Requirements
                                          •  Spray Shielding
                                        • Spray Shielding
                                          • Protection System
                                            •  Monitoring System
                                            •  Turbocharger Speed Sensor
                                            •  Cylinder Pressure Relief Valve
                                            •  Oil Mist Detector
                                          • Spare Parts Kits
                                            •  Intake and Air System
                                            •  Basic Engine
                                            •  Cylinder Head
                                            •  Fuel System
                                            •  Cooling System
                                            •  Instrumentation
                                            •  Cylinder Valve Kits
                                          • Starting System
                                            •  Boost Control Valve, Pressure Reducing Valve
                                          • Boost Control Valve, Pressure Reducing Valve
                                            • Engine Testing
                                              •  Basic System Testing
                                              •  Special Witness Test
                                              •  Customer Selected Test Points
                                              •  Marine Limit Line Test
                                              •  Propeller Demand Curve Test
                                            • Service Tools/Ship Protection/Factor Support
                                              •  Commissioning
                                              •  Service Tools
                                              •  Shipping Protection - Export Boxing
                                              •  AID Emblem
                                              •  Storage Preservation
                                            • Project Specific Installation Drawings

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