Shortly, MTU India officially launched a new classification of diesel engine oil, named MTU DEO SAE 40, for series 8000 engines. The launch took place during the Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) annual Technical and Logistics Management Conference, which was held at the Coast Guard Regional Headquarter in Mumbai.
Vice Admiral AG Thapliyal, Director General (Bar to AVSM), Indian Coast Guard was accompanied by Inspector General SK Goyal, DDG (M&M) for the Launching Ceremony for the new engine oil from MTU. The event was attended by almost 60 senior technical officers of Indian Coast Guard and management team from MTU India and FUCHS India, lubrication manufacturer.
“One of the determinants of good performance and extended lifespan of any diesel engine is the right grade and quality of engine oil,” said Mr Praveen Mohan, MTU India, Director and CEO. “The launch of MTU DEO SAE 40 is an important milestone for MTU India and we are delighted that we can support our customer, the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy, and in turn India’s domestic oil industry and we look forward to working alongside the Indian Coast Guard for many years to come.”
In recent years, the ICG has commissioned three Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) strategically deployed along the coastline of India and each equipped with two 20V 8000 M90 diesel engines from MTU. The vessels are primarily used for patrols and are considered one of the ICG’s most reliable ship classes. As a result of the exceptional performance of the Series 8000 engines in the ICG OPVs, MTU has been commissioned to supply another twelve MTU 20V 8000 M71 diesel engines. Between 2014 and 2017, the ICG plans to add seven more OPVs.
One of the pre-conditions of participation in the bidding process was the ability of engine manufactures to utilize India’s abundant domestic lube oil resources. MTU India, with support from MTU Asia in Singapore, MTU Friedrichshafen and Fuchs Lubricants, developed MTU DEO SAE 40 which can utilize India's locally sourced oil. The new blended diesel engine oil successfully passed necessary tests and has been fully approved for use in Series 8000 engines.
The Indian Coast Guard, patrols a coastline that stretches over 7,500 kilometers. Through extensive experience in the undertaking of operational tasks, the ICG has become an effective and dependable maritime force. MTU continues to support and strengthen the ICG by supplying powerful, compact and reliable engines which are fitted in vessels across the ICG’s fleet.
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