VM 43 C Marine Propulsion Engine

VM 43 C Marine Propulsion Engine

Developed to meet the requirements of the cruise ship and ferry markets, this new engine series is the breakthrough into a new class of power. Designed state-of-the-art, engineered to lead. After the successful introduction into the market of four new engine series in only ten years, the extension of the program continues with a further engine – the VM 43 C engine. The 12 and 16 cylinder V-version of the M 43 C doubles the power on offer from Caterpillar to 16 MW and therefore supports new and important market segments and groups of customers.

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Power Rating

Power Range
12000 - 16800 kW

Engine Specifications

Speed Range
500-514 rpm
Swept volume
Rotation (from flywheel end)
Counterclockwise / Clockwise
12, 16 cylinder

Dimensions & Weights

Minimum Dry Weight
Minimum Length
Maximum Length
Minimum Height
Maximum Height
Minimum Width
Maximum Width

Standard Equipment

  • Air Inlet System
    • Air intake silencer / filter
  • Control System
    • Speed governor cabinet incl. load sharing unit (for multiple engine plant only)
    • Protection system (external cabinet)
    • Serial link interface (MODbus/canbus)
    • Start/stop panel
    • Protection panel (emerg. Stop, override, reset push buttons)
  • Cooling System
    • 2-stage charge air cooler
    • HT cooling water pump (engine driven)
    • Electronic cooling water preheater
  • Exhaust System
    • Turbocharger at flywheel end
    • Exhaust gas expansion joint
    • Exhaust gas insulated manifolds
  • Fuel System
    • Fuel indicator filter
    • Fuel circulating pump (electronically driven / MDO/MGO only)
    • Fuel pressure valve (separate / MDO/MGO only)
  • Instrumentation
    • Local control panel
    • Pressure and temperature indicator
    • Control push buttons and lamps
    • Emergency stop lever
  • Lube System
    • Lube oil pump (engine driven)
    • Pressure regulating valve
    • Lube oil safety filter
    • Lube oil self-cleaning filter
    • Lube oil plate cooler (separate)
    • Dry sump
  • Mounting System
    • Rigid mounting
    • High flexible coupling
  • Starting System
    • Starting air valve
    • Electrical barring device
  • General
    • Torsional Vibration Calculation (TVC)
    • Lifting device (rental)

Optional Equipment

  • Air Inlet System
    • Air intake transition piece
    • Expansion joint
    • Silencer / filter
    • Air inlet shut-off valve
  • Control System
    • Engine alarm system
    • Electronic speed governor
    • Remote control system
    • Starter for electric driven pumps
    • 24 DC UPS
    • Remote indicators (start air pressure, engine speed, etc.)
  • Cooling System
    • HT/LT pump (double pump/engine driven)
    • HT cooling water pump (electric driven)
    • LT cooling water pump (electric driven)
    • Sea water cooling pump (electric driven)
    • FW/SW plate cooler
    • Temperature control valve
    • Steam/thermal oil cooling water preheater
  • Exhaust System
    • Turbocharger at counter-flywheel side
    • Silencer (with or without spark arrester)
  • Fuel System
    • HFO treatment and supply modules
    • HFO supply and booster pumps (electrical driven)
    • HFO self-cleaning automatic filter
    • Mixing tank
    • HFO pressure regulating valve
    • HFO final preheater
    • HFO viscosity control device
    • Fuel oil cooler
  • Lube System
    • Lube oil treatment and combined modules
    • Lube oil pump (electrical driven)
    • Temperature control valve
    • Pre-lubricating oil pump (electrical driven)
  • Mounting System
    • Resilient mounting
    • Flexible pipe connections
  • Starting System
    • Starting air receiver
    • Starting air compressor
  • General
    • PTO shaft on counter flywheel side
    • Engine PTO coupling
    • Reduction gear
    • Reduction gear PTO coupling
    • PTO alternator
    • Cat Propulsion Systems