A second-hand MTU engine can be used for different purposes, e.g. in dredging vessels (or sand dredgers) or as a power generator. But MTU engines are also very well-suited as marine propulsion units. Hahebo sold one unit, for instance, that was fitted to a Greek tourist boat.
POPULAR MARKETS FOR MTU ENGINES
Second-hand MTU engines are sought-after items for businesses in South-East Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The main reason for this is that oil prices in these markets are still relatively low, which means an MTU engine is cheap to use there.
CONVERTING AN MTU ENGINE TO A PROPULSION UNIT
A Greek businessman whose tourist boat suffered a defective original engine decided to buy a second-hand MTU engine to replace it. The liquid-cooled four-stroke 8-cylinder MTU diesel engine offered by Hahebo proved to be extremely well-suited to this purpose. “This MTU engine is quite easy to retro-fit in a ship's power train,” suggests Mickey van den Borst from Hahebo.
Because a boat's screw propeller works best at low RPM, a reduction gearbox is fitted between the engine and the screw. This means the engine works at a higher RPM than the screw. At idle, the Hahebo MTU engines run at 600 to 630 revolutions per minute. Maximum running speed is 2400 to 2460 revolutions per minute.
ROBUST MTU ENGINE
An MTU engine is an excellent diesel engine for shipping. Van den Borst: “These conventional engines are very robust and can take a knock or two. An MTU engine easily copes with the buffeting faced by a ship on open water. What's more, it is very resistant to water, dust and sand.”
ENGINES WITH LOW OPERATING HOURS
For the Greek businessman who bought the MTU engine to replace the original engine, price was also a key factor. “Our second-hand MTU engines have run for no more than 250 hours: an extremely low number. And yet we are able to offer our engines – built between 1969 and 1989 – at very competitive prices. This is primarily due to the age of these engines.” Another major benefit that Hahebo offers is that the engines can be delivered directly once the export papers have been sorted. The MTU engine in question was transported to Greece by truck.
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