Commercial Marine

Tugboat engines

Uncompromisingly reliable mtu propulsion systems provide maximum maneuverability and a strong bollard pull for your workboat at all times.

Tugboats  are compact powerhouses  that are always on call to perform tough tasks  in all situations.  Whether it’s a harbor, oceangoing or anchor handling tug, their diverse job requirements are matched by our wide range  of  tug boat  engines.  They  are capable of rising  to any challenge with a performance spectrum of  400  kW (Series  2000) to  3200kW (Series 4000). We can also offer higher levels of performance for a higher bollard pull  of your tugboat propulsion system.

All of  our diesel  and  gas  engines perform at the highest levels of reliability with fast load uptake, even in the most challenging conditions. Their high torque levels make towing vessels exceptionally agile, maneuverable and safe – and always ready for action. As an experienced system provider, we also offer onboard power generators and ship automation systems that work perfectly with our robust engines.

How to get the most out of your tugboat fleet

Tugboats play a key role for ensuring that harbor operations run smoothly and safely. By significantly extending TBO intervals, an engine like the mtu Series 4000 M65L greatly helps to ensure fleet availability and profitability.

Use case: Minimize tugboat lifecycle costs by maximizing TBO

How to boost the utilization of your fleet by up to 46%

Fleet availability and lifecycle costs are vital parameters for any marine operation, particularly for tugboats. As the following use case demonstrates, a quality engine like the mtuSeries 4000 M65L can positively impact both in a big way.

Learn how to:

  • Optimize maintenance costs over the entire life cycle
  • Reduce tugboat downtime
  • Maximize operating hours before the engine’s first major overhaul

Making Maintenance Wait

The Lake Constance ferry Lodi is one of the first vessels to benefit from one of our latest solutions: Extending the time between major overhauls. This extension not only reduces emissions, but also reduces downtime and saves costs over the entire lifecycle of the engine. Watch the video and download the use cases to see how ships can benefit.  

Maximum uptime

All systems are designed for maximum reliability and availability.

Customized Solutions

Propulsion systems engineered to match the requirements of your towing vessels.

Lifecycle Costs

Maximize availability and optimize lifecycle costs with a ValueCare Agreement.

ValueCare service

Protect your investment with mtu-certified technicians, genuine parts and training.

Extended coverage

Provides invaluable peace of mind beyond the standard warranty period.

Digital solutions

Make better decisions faster, with a full range of digital tools.

Worldwide network

More than 1,200 service centers provide support anywhere, anytime.

Green technology

A pioneer in developing environmentally friendly engines and reducing emissions.

Expert engineering support

Providing extensive analysis, risk mitigation services and integrated interfaces.

Stay in the loop

Take part in interface meetings with relevant sub-suppliers of components.

Technical documentation

Complete, clear information minimizes re-engineering hours.

Complete support

Engineering and technical support reduces design, installation and commissioning costs.

Study support

We provide support for development studies.


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Commercial Marine

Ship of the year sails with mtu

by Lucie Maluck

Thanks to their unparalleled maneuverability and low emissions, two mtu-powered American tugs have won the "Workboat of the Year" award.

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Commercial Marine

mtu power for new harbor tugs

by Lucie Maluck

Small, but incredibly powerful: Two new harbour tugs soon to tow even the largest container ships into ports in Peru.

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Commercial Marine

Technology turnaround: Which fuel for the tugboats of the future?

by Lucie Maluck

mtu experts from Rolls-Royce show the way forward to sustainable tugboat operation.

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Commercial Marine

On clean course with the mtu gas engine

by Silke Rockenstein

The new mtu gas engines power the first ferries and are delivered for harbor tugs and for a research project.

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Marine and Offshore Solution Guide

Diesel Engines, Propulsion Systems, Generator Sets, Automation

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Commercial Marine ValueCare Agreements

In your world, every second counts.

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Digital Solutions for Marine Applications

Modern engine management systems handle the control and monitoring of the hardware and enable perfection of performance. The right combination of power and precision.

mtu Propulsion Configurator

Adjust parameters as appropriate for your ship and your emissions targets, and we will show you the perfect configuration.

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mtu ship generators come in a wide variety and with customizable elements, enabling you to find a solution that is just right for your needs.

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Ship Automation Systems

Controlling power with intelligent electronics. As a systems supplier, we not only provide you with the perfect propulsion system, but also with automation systems that are adjustable to fit your needs.

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