The traditional CIMAC Circle at the Marintec marine trade show took place on December 1, 2011 in Shanghai. It focussed on the topic River and short sea operation – what is the impact on engines?
Mirroring the rising importance of China as an engine building nation, a full house of more than 150 participants attended the CIRCLE, where two of the six panelists were Chinese. Indeed, the event was so popular that it was a case of “standing room only” for later arrivals.
Appropriately, the event started with an invitation to the CIMAC World Congress 2013 in Shanghai from Dr. Jin Donghan, President of the Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute, and Executive President of the 2013 Congress Committee at the Chinese Society for Internal Combustion Engines.
Following a brief exposé of the extensive Chinese river and coastal transport system from Allan-QingZhou Wang of ABB Jingjin Turbo Systems Co., Ltd., the panellists made their introductory statements.
The discussion which followed was both stimulating and vigorous. Strongly held views emerged in a wide range of interesting questions fielded by the panel, especially on the subject of future fuels for Chinese inland and coastal vessels.
Simultaneous translation into Mandarin was welcomed by the large number of locally based attendees.
- Karl Wojik, AVL List GmbH, Austria (chair)
- Odd Magne Horgen, Rolls-Royce Marine Engines, Norway
- Tong Dehui, Weichai Group, China
- Hubert Kienzler, Heinzmann GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
- Ole Grøne, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Denmark
- Robert Ollus, Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland
- Allan-QingZhou Wang, ABB Jingjin Turbo Systems Co., Ltd., China