New hydraulic system provides reliable starting for Cummins CFP9E-F30

IPU’s Engine Starting Division have recently dispatched two new hydraulic starting systems to supply guaranteed starting to the fire pumps on a new offshore oil platform. The fire pumps are powered by Cummins CFP9E-F30 9-litre engines.

The hydraulic starting systems provide a high level of efficiency enabling the Cummins cfp9e-F30 engines to start instantly, regardless of the conditions. These independent, secondary systems act as a reliable starting mechanism in case the primary electrical systems fail.

Client specifications

Number of starts 3
Length of starts 5 seconds cranking duration
Recharge system Electric



The client required a starting system which was suitable for use in the hazardous and hostile conditions of an offshore platform. IPU’s hydraulic engine starting systems are ideal for critical equipment as they do not depend on electrical power.

Hydraulic starter motors were first designed during World War 2. Their purpose was to provide reliable engine starting to the US Navy’s landing craft. The vessels were initially built to use electric starter motors and batteries. But the corrosive nature of salt water combined with long periods of inactivity meant that these electric starter motors and batteries were not 100% reliable. Our team has successfully tested our hydraulic systems in some of the world’s most hazardous conditions.

IPU’s hydraulic systems are manufactured from cast iron and feature a combination of quick acceleration with high torque output guaranteeing efficient engine starts.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliance

IPU’s hydraulic and air (pneumatic) starting systems satisfy the NFPA 20 and 110 Standards.

NFPA 20 stipulates the requirements for selecting and installing fire pumps to ensure that systems deliver adequate and reliable water supplies in a fire emergency. It stresses the importance of having a minimum of 2 engine starting methods in case the primary power source fails.

NFPA 110 specifies the performance requirements for emergency and standby power systems that provide electrical power in the event of a failure of the primary power source.