For many decades the bright yellow Caterpillar marine propulsion engines have formed the steadily thumping heart of commercial vessels on oceans all over the planet. But what many don’t know is that Caterpillar also produces an extensive range of high performance marine engines, tailored to the specific wants and needs of pleasure craft owners and operators.
In the Netherlands, Pon Power has been importing and distributing Caterpillar since 1926, making the company the oldest Caterpillar dealer in Europe. At Pon Power’s headquarters in Papendrecht, Francois Longayroux and Kees van der Zwet are responsible for both national and international clients and dedicated for the yachting industry. They explain: “In the world of pleasure crafts and mega yachts, owners have different needs than in commercial shipping. Of course the most important issues are performance, reliability and efficiency. But appearance and understanding the business also matter greatly. Yacht owners want a high-performance and fuel efficient engine that’s very compact and looks great. We recognized those needs and developed a product range that pretty much ticks all these boxes.”
As said: in the world of yachting the importance of looks cannot be underestimated and this also goes for the engine. The pleasure craft engine range therefore doesn’t have the ‘classic’ yellow Caterpillar paint job; it’s delivered in a distinctive and sophisticated yacht-class white finish. Longayroux: “A Cat pleasure craft engine differs from the commercially used engines. With unpainted wiring harness and engine mounted hoses, it is specifically designed and built for this industry with its specific demands concerning look and feel. Not only does the engine have a sleek white finish; all visible components, for instance, have been designed to look great.” When it comes to yachting, Longayroux knows what he’s talking about. “At Pon Power we have a dedicated team, with many years of specialized experience in the yacht building industry. We know what demanding clients in this business expect and are constantly working on meeting their high expectations. This means clients have one dedicated account manager, to keep the lines short and direct. We take pride in being flexible and quick to respond, and we are ready to offer bespoke solutions if required.”
With a Cat engine, a yacht owner not only buys a reliable, efficient and worldwide-recognized piece of machinery, but also peace of mind. Longayroux explains: “As part of a family business, we understand the power of relationships. We believe that only if clients meet outstanding service at any point in the life cycle of their engine, we can truly build a lasting relationship with them. With our nationwide service coverage we are proud to say that we can deliver 98% of our parts within 24 hours. And this dedication doesn’t end at the border: thanks to the international Caterpillar service network, we can provide our clients with fast, professional support, service and parts, 24/7, wherever in the world they are.” He adds, smiling: “For 90 years we have been living up to the trust that ship owners, captains and crews worldwide have placed in us. And we intend to do so for the next 90 years as well.”
Papendrecht, 13 April 2017 –
With the introduction of the new 3500E series Caterpillar continues to lead the industry with more efficient and cleaner marine engines. The 3512E and 3516E models can be ordered via Pon Power as per direct. The 3500E series has been designed in conjunction with an integrated Caterpillar-developed emission reduction system. The advantage for the customer is that the complete system is certified ex-factory to satisfy the strictest emission requirements, including IMO Tier lll. The engines also stand out with their compact design. Another significant bonus for users is that the engine delivers 5 to 7% efficiency savings.
In order to satisfy the IMO Tier III emission reductions regime the E-series was designed with a Selective Catalytic Reduction system (SCR) and closed measurement system ensuring emission targets continue to be achieved over the engine’s entire life span. In order to enable the catalyst to be flexibly installed on any ship it is supplied in a range of U- Flow and Z-Flow models. Even with the catalyst the back pressure remains unchanged so that, in the event of an engine overhaul, the exhaust emissions system does not require modification. The systems are available in a broad range of ratings both for propulsion engines (1000 – 2525 Bkw and continuous) and power generators (50 Hz, 60Hz and variable speed).
Benefits of the new 3500E
The development of the 3500E series has been a scrupulous process involving in-depth discussions with customers to accurately map the needs of their industries. Nearly the entire engine was modified and lab-validated over a period of 39 months, simulating the conditions in which the engines commonly operate. Optimal engine tuning forestalls potential problems of the catalyst with minimal engine loading or rapid power acceleration. Disengaging a cylinder, for instance, assists in extending the life of the catalyst. Optimal combustion additionally reduces visible exhaust gases. The engine is certified under IMO Tier III and covered under the full engine warranty offering product users access to Caterpillar’s worldwide service and parts distribution networks.
The 3500 series is a robust and reliable engine that has proved its merits the world over. In the 1980s Caterpillar introduced the first generation 3500 engines, a family of high speed diesel engines for power generation and marine applications. The engine was a winner from the outset and valued for its reliability and significantly reduced service intervals. Electronically controlled fuel injection was introduced in the 1990s, and with the new generation 3500E engines a new standard was set in the market.
About Pon Power
Pon Power B.V. is an operating company of the Pon family concern and official dealer for Caterpillar engines and power systems in the Netherlands since 1926. Pon Power is a market leader in energy solutions built on Caterpillar engines as reliable power source. With extensive knowledge of its markets Pon Power delivers more than an engine or generator alone. It offers expert advice tailored to the customer’s needs, fast service via the worldwide Caterpillar service network, and a range of related product and maintenance services.
Caterpillar is a world leader in heavy-duty construction and mining equipment, diesel and gas engines, industrial turbines, generator sets and heat-power installations.
For more information on Pon Power go to: pon-cat.com/scheepvaart.