System Upgrades for Catamaran Fast Ferries
Three Incat-built catamaran fast ferries operating in Japan, Taiwan and Denmark have been successfully upgraded to use the latest Viking35 and MVC products from REGULATEURS EUROPA and HEINZMANN for control of their four 20V28/33D (RK280) main propulsion engines.
Each engine was originally supplied with three Viking25 EFI, MAA and DI modules and two Mecel/Hoerbiger Bank Controller Modules (BCMs) to support full engine control (with electronic fuel injection), alarm, monitoring and safety functionality. Viking25 modules were replaced with ‘same form fit and function’ Viking35 modules, and the Bank Controller Modules were replaced by a single Solenoid Driver Module (SDM) containing an MVC 01-20 unit.
As the upgrade minimised changes to the physical system and its functionality, the crew could continue to operate and maintain the system with very little additional training. Additionally, most spare parts already held by the operators could continue to be used.