Cat C280-8 Propulsion Engine

Cat C280-8 Propulsion Engine

Building on the durability and reliability of the C280 engine platform, Caterpillar is pleased to offer the IMO II 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.

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Power Rating

Power Range
3084-3393 bhp (2300-2530 bkW)

Engine Specifications

Speed Range
900 rpm
Rotation (from flywheel end)
Counterclockwise or clockwise
In-line 8, 4-Stroke-Cycle Diesel

Dimensions & Weights

Dry Weight
Maximum Length
Maximum Height
Maximum Width

Standard Equipment

  • 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
  • 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 engine running.
    • 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

Optional Equipment

  • Engine Application/design Control
    • Crankshaft Deflection Marks
    • Extra Mounting Feet
  • Engine Package Description
    • Auxiliary Drive
    • Stub Shaft Certification
  • Air Inlet System
    • Air Cleaners
  • 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
  • Exhaust System
    • Outlet Expander
    • Flexible Exhaust Fittings
    • Weld Flange
  • Fuel System
    • 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
  • Protection System
    • Monitoring System
      • AC/OC/JW/Air Start/Upgrade/Vee, RAW/SEA Pressure Transducer, Modbus Communications, Beacon and Horn, SNGL ENG Remote Display Monitor, SNGL ENG Remote Display PC, Emergency Pump Start Signa/RH/LH, Cabinet Cooler, Remote Relay Panel
    • ECP Relay System Options
    • Ecp Mechanical Gauge Instrument Panel
      • Includes 10 gauges on 6 or 8 cylinder engines. Includes 11 gauges on 12 or 16 cylinder engines. Bracket located on selected service side of engine. Standard gauges: A. Engine coolant temperature B. Inlet manifold air temperature C. Inlet manifold air pressure D. Lube oil temperature E. Engine oil pressure F. Engine fuel pressure G. Oil filter differential pressure H. Fuel filter differential pressure I. Inlet air restriction pressure
    • Turbocharger Speed Sensor
    • Cylinder Pressure Relief Valve
    • Oil Mist Detector
    • Protection System Components
      • Fuel Temp Sensor, VTC Air Restrict
    • Wiring
    • Magnetic Pickup
  • 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
  • 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