Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI) announced that it has successfully completed a trial run with what is reported to be the world’s biggest electronically controlled marine engine, the Hyundai-Wärtsilä 14RT-flex96C-B. The trial was viewed by officials representing the shipowner and the classification societies at HHI's engine shop on May 29, 2007.
The 14RT-flex96C-B engine has 14 cylinders and a maximum capacity of 108,920 bhp. It will be equipped in 8,000 TEU containerships for Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd.
The RT-flex engine uses a common rail system to reduce fuel consumption at low speeds and NOx emissions through the electronically controlled fuel injection point, along with the fuel volume. It is equipped with remote speed control, a safety monitor, and an observation system.
HHI has played a large role in the trend towards larger sized containerships by building the world’s first 98cm bore cylinder engine, the HYUNDAI-MAN B&W 7K98MC in August, 1999, and the world’s first and largest electronically controlled marine engine, the HYUNDAI-MAN B&W 12K98ME in January, 2000.
HHI will mark a production milestone of 70 million bhp low-speed marine engines in November, 2007.