MTU Series 4000 Engines Power Fleet of Inland Waterway Towboats

  MTU Series 4000 Engines Power Fleet of Inland Waterway Towboats

Industry-leading Ironmen diesel engines power four new builds and two repowers
in Southern Towing’s inland waterway fleet

Business Wire

NOVI, Mich. -- July 24, 2014

MTU, the specialist for propulsion and power systems for ships and commercial
marine equipment, has been selected by Memphis-based Southern Towing Company
to power six inland waterway towboats. Four new and two existing vessels will
be outfitted with a total of twelve Series 4000 Ironmen engines in 8- and
12-cylinder configurations. Renowned for their durability and reliability,
engines from the Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary MTU were selected
because of their unmatched power, fuel economy and performance.

Southern Towing Company's towboat Capt. H.R. Kirtley, powered by twin MTU 12V
4000 M53 engines, rate ...

Southern Towing Company's towboat Capt. H.R. Kirtley, powered by twin MTU 12V
4000 M53 engines, rated to produce 1,851 bhp at 1,800 rpm. (Photo: Business
Wire)

“Southern Towing’s investment in the Series 4000 represents our belief that
the competitive edge in the inland waterways transportation business belongs
to companies that move beyond the legacy engines of the past to the
higher-powered, more fuel-efficient engines of the future,” said Tommy McCoin,
chief engineer, Southern Towing.

Powered by twin MTU 8V 4000 engines designed to run at a constant 1,800 rpm,
the first two new vessels to be put into service with MTU’s Series 4000 were
100-foot Z-drive sister towboats named the Paula Fortier and Theresa Echols.
Soon to follow were two 120-foot Z-drive towboats christened Capt. Tommy
Parrish and Capt. H.R. Kirtley, both powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M53 engines,
rated to produce 1,851 bhp at 1,800 rpm. The Series 4000 engines are matched
to ZF Marine Z-Drive steering systems.

“The Series 4000 engine offers Southern Towing’s fleet superior fuel economy,
emissions regulation compliance and industry-leading reliability,” said Ryan
Szubinski, commercial marine sales manager, MTU America. “We constantly strive
to adapt to ever-changing customer needs and federal standards while providing
the best solutions for the shifting inland waterway transportation industry.”

Two repower projects, each utilizing the MTU 12V 4000 M53 engine, are still on
the horizon. The new engines will increase overall fuel efficiency and
decrease emissions for two existing push boats.

Stewart and Stevenson, MTU’s regional distributor, sold the engines to
Southern Towing.

“Southern Towing has a reputation for being an innovative, early adopting
company and their selection of the Series 4000 reaffirms that position,” said
Chad Lemoine, senior sales representative at Stewart and Stevenson.

Raising the Bar

Many of the 10,000 towboats on the 25,000 miles of navigable inland waterways
in the U.S. were built between the 1950s and 1980s and are operating with
legacy engines. With its engine upgrades, Southern Towing now operates one of
the most fuel-efficient inland barge fleets on the Mississippi River System
and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. With the help of the Series 4000, Southern
Towing’s boats not only push more cargo further using less fuel, but they also
have improved maneuverability.

MTU’s distributor network, including Stewart and Stevenson, spans the massive
Mississippi River System and acts as a unique support structure for MTU
customers. Other distributors along the river system include W.W. Williams,
Western Branch Diesel, United Engines, Inland Power Group, Interstate Power
Systems and Penn Power Group.

About MTU America Inc.

MTU America Inc. based in Novi, Michigan, is the American regional
headquarters of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. It is responsible for the
manufacture, development, sales and service of MTU and MTU Onsite Energy
branded products in North and Latin America. Production facilities are located
in Aiken, South Carolina and Mankato, Minnesota.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, based in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is a
world-leading provider of high- and medium-speed diesel and gas engines, drive
systems, distributed energy systems and fuel injection systems for the most
demanding requirements. The product portfolio includes MTU-branded high-speed
engines and drive systems for ships, heavy land, rail and defense vehicles and
for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company
sells diesel and gas-based power system solutions: from mission-critical to
standby power to continuous power, heating and cooling. The Norwegian
subsidiary Bergen Engines AS manufactures medium-speed engines for ships and
power plants. L'Orange completes the portfolio with injection systems for
large engines.

Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler AG each has a 50 percent shareholding in the
company via a joint venture–Rolls-Royce Power Systems Holding GmbH. The
company, which employs over 10,000 people, has been fully consolidated in the
results of Rolls-Royce plc since January 2013. www.mtu-online.com

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Gary Mason
Phone: +1 248 560 8480
E-mail: gary.mason@mtu-online.com
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Karah Davenport
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