Guascor Energy engines quiet oceanographic vessels


  • Reduces unpleasant vibrations and noise
  • Employs robust, trustworthy equipment
  • Creates a reliable, efficient and clean power source
  • Provides continuous power

The Opportunity

Future research vessels (FRV) play an important role in collecting and analyzing data from the ocean so that we have a better understanding of it. However, the large vessels’ propulsion systems give off high vibrations and noise levels

The Solution

A few years ago, Guascor Energy product experts developed an unprecedented new technical solution that significantly reduced the vibration and noise levels transmitted to the sea by the ship’s propulsion system.
The system was installed on the Miguel Oliver FRV with great success. The Miguel Oliver vessel is equipped with the most modern equipment: an efficient, silent Diesel-electric propulsion system; a dynamic positioning system that helps the vessel to keep its reference position even in adverse sea conditions; and deck equipment that makes fishing operations possible at unstudied depths – where researchers believe there is significant fishing.

The FRV Ramón Oliver also comprises three generator sets driven by Guascor Energy model SF480TAiIISG Diesel engines, each with an output of 868 kWe at 1,500 rpm. This set-up produces all of the power required to drive the two electric motors and provides all of the ship’s electricity for on-board services and machinery.meets the strictest environmental requirements.The Ramón Margalef vessel was delivered to the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) and meets the strictest environmental requirements. It is one of the most silent vessels in all of the European FRV fleet – and perhaps of the civilian fleet – in the world.

The FRV Angeles Alvariño is the twin vessel of the Ramón Margalef and employs the same Guascor Energy Diesel engine system to reduce vibration
and noise.

The Business

Guascor Energy is a leading company with more than 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of diesel and gas internal combustion engines with its own technology. The company offers some of the most efficient and environmentally friendly technology platforms, products and services in distributed power generation for oil and gas, industrial, institutional, commercial clients and rural electrification programs. In addition, our offer is completed by a range of diesel engines for marine applications for both propulsion and on-board generation.

A complete product range which meets the strictest regulatory and safety requirements always adapting to the customer´s needs.
Guascor Energy has a network of more than 50 distributors and partners worldwide, which in addition to our own staff, allows us to provide unparalleled proximity and respond to the specific needs of each of our customers at a fast and personalized pace.