Pilot Boat Repower in Savannah Georgia

Monday, March 11, 2002
The Savannah Pilots Association have been operating their 57 by 16 aluminum pilot boat since 1984. Built at Louisiana's Breaux Bay Craft the boat has served them well. When they recently decided to replace the boat's engines they chose a pair of Cummins KTA19 M4 engines producing 700 HP each at 2100 RPM in a medium continuous duty rating. The change out of engines presented some unique challenges. The Cummins engines are narrower, but longer and taller than those being replaced so that it was necessary to lower the front of the engine beds by eleven inches and fabricate inverted mounts for the rear of the engines and the gears in order to retain the 14 degree shaft angle. At the same time the switch from a spring-type engine mount to rubber soft mounts added to the challenge. The new engines are coupled to ZF660 gears with 2:1 ratio. The 32 X 31-inch props and 2.5-inch shafts from the earlier engines are being retained but a new shaft log has been fabricated as the old one was showing fatigue. While the 2.5-inch shafts will accommodate the increased horsepower, the shaft logs have been designed so that the bearings can be increased to handle a 3-inch shaft in future. Each new engine package weighs about 1000 pounds more than the old one to around 6000 pounds each including gear. The addition of 2000 pounds of weight is expected to balance out with the additional 110 HP so that speeds will continue to be in the 23 to 25 mile per hour range. The pilots also opted for mechanical controls to the gears and mechanical over electric to the engines' "Century" controls. Cooling employs raw water to a heat exchanger. The Savannah Pilots also have a second launch. At 77 feet it is larger but older so, explains Chief Engineer Capt Richard Galuk, "If these engines work out as well as we expect, we will be looking to Cummins KTA38 on a replacement for the larger boat." Work on the repower was completed at the Palmer Johnson yard in Savannah, and the boat will return to service in March.
Maritime Reporter February 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Marine Propulsion

Wärtsilä to Power LNG-fueled RoPax Ferry

A ferry being built for Sweden’s Rederi AB Gotland will be fueled by LNG, featuring a Wärtsilä integrated solution which includes a complete LNG powered propulsion- and fuel storage and supply system,

First Container for LNG Hybrid Barge

The HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container

IntelliJet: Cleantech Propulsion for High Speed Applicatios

IntelliJet Marine, Inc. will present a paper on propulsion and computer simulation for sustainable high speed boats and ships at ASNE Day 2015.   Jeff Jordan

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1032 sec (10 req/sec)