The hugely successful 270mm bore RUSTON RK270 engine was designed in the early 1980’s to replace the 254mm bore RUSTON RKC and RK3C diesel engines that had been the sold in their thousands over the previous 20 years. Despite their immense success, it became apparent that more power was needed to stay competitive and thus the RK270 was born.
Over the next two decades the RK270 enjoyed immense success with engines sold literally all over the world and in every application possible including for the Main Engines for Tugs, Tankers, Trawlers, Offshore Supply Vessels & Drilling Platforms and land based power generation sites acting as base load, emergency stand-by and peak lopping duties running on a variety of Diesel, Gas and Heavy Fuel. They are also in use with Navies around the world as Main Engines in mix of Patrol & Survey Ships, Corvettes and Landing Platform Dock vessels.
However, it is the Fast Ferry market where the RK270 arguably enjoyed the most success. Starting with the four 16RK270 MK1 engines installed in the Incat built HOVERSPEED GREAT BRITAIN, launched in January 1990, RUSTON enjoyed a successful partnership with Incat and a handful of other Fast Ferry builders for over a decade after that first Fast Ferry with additional 16RK270 MK1’s followed by the later 16RK270 MK2’s and then the 20RK270 MK2’s for used in the 98 metre Incat Fast Ferries and a number of high speed monohull vessels. That first RK270 powered Incat vessel won the famous Hales Trophy for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a commercial passenger ship on her delivery voyage and the current holder of the trophy is another boat powered by four 20RK270 MK2 engines.
European Diesel Services are proud to offer a full support service for operators of RUSTON RK270 engines in Marine / Fast Ferry, Power Generation, Offshore and Naval / Defence applications. In addition to our unrivalled stock of New and Reconditioned parts we hold in our own stores for the RK270 engines, we also have a team of ex-RUSTON factory trained engineers available for any overhaul or repair work required worldwide. We regularly supply engineers for a number of Fast Ferry operators to assist with their RUSTON RK270 engines and coupled to our competitive and responsive parts supply activities offers the engine operator an unmatched total support package for their RK270 engines.
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