Chinese Engine Builder Celebrates Milestone
Quingdao Qiyao – Wartsila – MHI register a first million horsepower- worth of marine diesel engines
Qingdao Qiyao Wartsila MHI Linshan Marine Diesel Co. (QMD) in Qingdao, China, marks its rapid growth as an engine builder with production of one million horsepower of two-stroke marine engines. (One million refers to the accumulated power output in brake horsepower of the engines produced by QMD since the start of its operations in January 2009).
The milestone was reached with the completion of a seven-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex82T engine, the second in a series of six, designed for the propulsion of large commercial cargo ships, tankers, bulk carriers and containerships. For customers, the benefits of the Wärtsilä RT-flex82T engine include high efficiency with low fuel costs, llow emissions and flexible engine operational modes.
The joint venture company Qingdao Qiyao Wartsila MHI Linshan Marine Diesel Co., Ltd., is owned jointly by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (50%), Wärtsilä Corporation (34%) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (16%). The company operates a two-stroke low-speed diesel engine factory in Qingdao to manufacture engines under licence from Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Chinese shipbuilding market, and for export.The factory presently employs around 560 people.