The pilot needs to have total confidence in both captains: Both helmsmen have to maintain precisely the same speed. Up to 40 km off the coast of Cuxhaven, the two 12V 2000 M70 engines from mtu make sure that the pilots are transported safely.
The pilot launches are operated with diesel-electric power. Each engine generates an output of 788 kW, giving the vessel a top speed of up to 18 knots. The engines already operated reliably during their first life, so the Pilots' Association decided to install the tried-and-tested engines once again.
Reman engines for optimum propulsion
The double-hulled vessels painted in striking orange and red livery rely on mtu
Reman engines as they ply their trade. "You can picture the Reman process like paying a deposit on bottles at the supermarket," explains Thomas Geertz, who is responsible for service at mtu
in Hamburg. "Customers who have already bought new engines from us can exchange the engine by buying a completely overhauled Reman engine." To prevent long downtimes, the customer needs to inform mtu
early on, and will then be provided with an identical engine. The customer pays for the overhauled engine and a deposit which is referred to as the core charge. As soon as the used engine has been returned by the customer to mtu
, the core charge is refunded – assuming all the specifications are complied with. For example, all parts must be fitted on the engine, and the maintenance intervals must have been complied with. "If the customer insists, it is also possible for him to get his own engine back again. However, this will take several weeks," describes Geertz. The Pilots' Association works with an engine pool. "We always keep a stock of engines so that if we need to exchange one, the downtime for the vessel will be as short as possible," explains Schoon.