Engine Builder News

03 May 2019

CIMAC Calls for Cross-sector Cooperation to Reduce Pollution

The IMO decision of April 2018, calling the international shipping industry to decarbonize and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was an important milestone and was largely welcomed by the global engine builders’ community. Although some parties found that the IMO target could have been even more ambitious, it clearly marked a paradigm shift: improvements in existing technologies will not be enough. Only through cross-sector cooperation and an increased focus on R&D in carbon-neutral technologies (such as batteries, fuel cells, or synthetic fuels) will shipping stand a chance of reaching the IMO 2050 target.2050 – The day after tomorrow2050 may sound distant, but for the shipping community it is not.

28 Jun 2017

An Engine Oil Goes the Distance

Cylinder liners demonstrated minimal wear (Photo: ExxonMobil)

An inspection of one of two main engines on a U.S. inland waterways vessel revealed that ExxonMobil’s Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40 diesel engine oil provided outstanding protection and cleanliness for a Cummins KTA38 marine diesel main engine after nine years of continuous use. The engine had accumulated 21,782 running hours with an initial fill of Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5W-40 engine oil. Mobil SignumSM oil analysis was used to closely monitor the health of the engine throughout this period, with support from the ExxonMobil field engineering team.

09 May 2017

The Digital Future of Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensors

(Image: CMR Group)

CMR Group’s chief technical officer, Patrice Flot, considers the current approach to sensing exhaust gas temperature (EGT) on high horsepower engine platforms and the capabilities provided by new digital technology. An EGT sensor measures the temperature of the engine exhaust gas to prevent damage to critical components such as the after treatment system, turbines and cylinder head exhaust valves. It can also be used inside the combustion chambers where hot gases are generated.

15 Nov 2016

ABB, MTU Test VCM System Durability

VCM actuator and engine valves (Photo: ABB)

Durability field-test results of ABB’s variable valve train system, Valve Control Management (VCM), have shown unprecedented success of the technology on an MTU high speed gas engine. The successful running of each VCM actuator for 7,000 hours on an engine is an important milestone for the forthcoming serialization of this technology. Typically, a durability test for serialization lasts around 5,000 hours for large engines. VCM is an electro-hydraulic valve train system for four-stroke gas and diesel engines…

20 Jan 2016

MAN D&T Expands in Chinese Two-Stroke Market

At a ceremony in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province on January 16, 2016, local engine builder Yuchai Marine Power Co., Ltd. (YCMP) signed a new license agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo for the production of MAN B&W-branded, two-stroke diesel engines. Jiang Shihong, Chairman of the Board and Hu Xuenan, CEO, represented YCMP, while MAN Diesel & Turbo was represented by Thomas S. Knudsen – Head of Two-Stroke, Ole Grøne – Senior Vice President, Two-Stroke Promotion & Sales, and Klaus Engberg – Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Licensing. Engberg said, “China is a vital market for MAN Diesel & Turbo and we are pleased to welcome Yuchai to the MAN B&W license family.

16 Dec 2015

Wärtsilä Systems for Vietnamese Tankers

Wärtsilä X40-B two-stroke engine Photo Wartsila

Three new 21,800 dwt chemical tankers, under construction at two different shipyards in Vietnam owned by Triyards Holdings Limited, will feature integrated Wärtsilä propulsion and power generation systems. These ships are being built for Swiss-Canadian Maritime Ltd and will be managed by Switzerland based ABC Maritime A.G. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in November, and there are options for three more vessels. This contract represents the largest ever scope of supply that Wärtsilä is to deliver to a shipyard in Vietnam.

10 Sep 2015

ExxonMobil Helps Extend Ship’s Piston Ring Life

Athens-based Costamare Shipping has more than tripled the piston ring replacement period to more than 55,000 hours for containership Cosco Yantian, helping the company reduce costs and improve vessel performance. According to ExxonMobil, the life extension was achieved by switching the container vessel to its Mobilgard 570 cylinder oil in combination with the MobilGard Cylinder Condition Monitoring (CCM) program. The expected piston overhaul interval for the Cosco Yantian’s MAN Diesel & Turbo 12K98MC MK7 engine was 16,000 hours of unmonitored operation. Following a consultation with ExxonMobil’s Field Engineers, it was suggested that the vessel operator introduce Mobilgard 570 and the MobilGard CCM program.

31 Aug 2015

Björn Rosengren: Power Boss (Part II)

“When we talk about gas at Wärtsilä, we become a little bit excited.      		... We love gas. We think this is the fuel of the future.” Björn Rosengren

At Norshipping in Oslo, Wärtsilä introduced the Wärtsilä 31, self-described by the company as a transcendent power plant in terms of fuel efficiency and economy, a claim validated by the Guinness World Records which has stamped it as the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine in the world. Björn Rosengren, President and CEO of Wärtsilä, sat with Maritime Reporter to lend perspective and insight to this development and the maritime market as a whole. Wärtsilä President & CEO Björn Rosengren was beaming at the introduction of the Wärtsilä 31 to the world at last month’s Norshipping…

30 Mar 2015

Methanol Powered Ferry Launched in Baltic Sea

 The Stena Germanica (Photo courtesy of Stena Line)

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced that it has converted the Stena Germanica to run on methanol, an industry first. The company spent $24 million on converting the ship to methanol. The ferry re-entered service on March 26, serving its route on the Baltic sea between Kiel, Germany, and Goteberg, Sweden. The 240m, 1,500-passenger, 2001-built ro-pax ship underwent conversion in Poland’s Remontowa shipyard. The project was performed in conjunction with engine builder Wärtsilä, the ports of Gothenburg and Kiel, and gas supplier Methanex.

24 Feb 2015

MAN Diesel & Turbo Reports ME-GI Milestones

ME-GI engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that its ME-GI engine has now received more than 100 orders. FLEX LNG announced on February 2 that two-stroke slow-speed ME-GI main engines will be used as the propulsion system for two LNG carriers to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries. The expected delivery dates of the vessels have been postponed from Q1 2017 to Q1 and Q2 2018. Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President Low-Speed Sales and Promotions, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said, “With our ME-GI order book now having passed the 100-unit milestone…

13 Jan 2015

Stena Germanica to Run on Methanol

Stena Germanica (Photo courtesy of Stena Line)

The Stena Line's ferry Stena Germanica will become the world's first ferry to use methanol as a fuel. The 240m, 1,500-passenger, 2001-built ro-pax ship will soon undergo conversions in Poland’s Remontowa shipyard. The aim of the exercise is to drastically cut exhaust emissions on the ship which operates between Gothenburg and Kiel. The conversion is with the aim of becoming the first ship of its type to run on methanol when completed soon. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with engine builder Wärtsilä, the ports of Gothenburg and Kiel and gas supplier Methanex.

20 Nov 2014

CSCL’s New Containership Sets Two World Records

The 19,000-teu CSCL newbuilding during sea trials

China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd. (CSCL) ran sea trials from October 17-20 on its newbuilding, CSCL Globe, the first vessel in a series of five 19,000-teu, 400-meter containerships. The vessel, reported to be the world’s largest containership, is also noteworthy for being powered by what is, physically, the largest engine ever constructed, a low-speed MAN B&W 12S90ME-C Mark 9.2 type. According to the engine builder, the two-stroke engine is rated at 69,720 kW at 84 rpm although has been de-rated to 56,800 kW. The new container vessel was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ltd.

14 Jan 2014

Hyundai Heavy Adds Trans Marine Propulsion to Service Network

Seattle and Florida based Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc. (TMPS) has been added as a member of heavy industries company Hyundai Heavy Industries - EMD’s (HHI-EMD) Global Service Network and is their Designated Cooperative Repairer. TMPS will supply service under a nonexclusive agreement for the HHI - EMD. TMPS has locations in Seattle, Washington and Tampa, Florida and services most makes and types of diesel engines, including two-stroke, medium-speed and slow-speed engines for the marine industry and for diesel power plants. TMPS is one of the world's few service facilities that offer this range of experience. “TMPS is honored to be associated with a captain of industry such as HHI-EMD,” said Shane Roeser, TMPS President.

14 Jan 2014

TMPS Joins Korea's HHI Marine Engineering Service Network

Seattle and Florida-based Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc. (TMPS), known worldwide for its diesel service and engineering department, has been appointed a member of Hyundai Heavy Industries - EMD's (HHI-EMD) Global Service Network and is their Designated Cooperative Repairer. TMPS say it will be supplying service under a non-exclusive agreement for HHI - EMD. TMPS has locations in Seattle, Washington and Tampa, Florida, and services most makes and types of diesel engines, including 2-stroke, medium-speed and slow-speed engines for the marine industry and for diesel power plants. TMPS is one of the world's few service facilities that offer this range of experience. HHI- EMD was established in 1972 and has grown into one of the world's leading heavy industries companies.

06 Dec 2013

Marine Engine Builder Wins Happy Family Award

Maria Galgoczi at work: Photo Tognum

The Tognum Group & its subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen situated on Lake Constance provide staff with numerous possibilities for reconciling the demands of work and private life, now recognized for the third time as a 'Family-Friendly Employer'. Official presentation of the accolade is to take place in Berlin in the summer of next year. The manufacturing group provides staff with numerous possibilities for reconciling the demands of work and private life. "As far as the work-life balance is concerned…

24 Jan 2013

Case Study: 6S50MC Main Engine Overhaul

The following is a look into the overhaul of a MAN B&W 6S50MC main engine onboard a tanker berthed in the Bahamas. The overhaul was performed by Transmarine Propulsion Systems,  (TMPS) during a docking, the first major overhaul of the vessel’s engine which had 22,140 running hours. The objective of the overhaul was to make sure that all the cylinder units, once inspected and overhauled, would perform another trouble free period of ~20,000 running hours. Engine maintenance was conducted on the basis of two different methods of approach…

20 Sep 2012

Alfa Laval Now Offers Sustainable Solutions

Global marine supplier Alfa Laval now offers a set of sustainable solutions designed to help ship owners and operators comply with current and pending environmental regulations. Grouped under the conceptual name “Pure thinking”, the products will provide security as existing legislation is tightened, as well as compliance with new laws such as those that will regulate ballast water treatment. While most of the solutions can be retrofitted, incorporating them at the newbuilding stage will contribute to gaining DNV’s Clean Design class notation for the vessel under construction. “Long service at sea has given us a deep understanding of the marine environment and demands on the industry.

20 Apr 2012

Building of First Chinese G-type Engine Confirmed

Shanghai ceremony celebrates signing of contract with CMD. At a recent ceremony in China, CMD (CSSC-MES Diesel Co., Ltd.) held the official signing of the contract to construct the first Chinese-built MAN B&W design Green Series 7G80ME-C9.2 engine. Due for delivery in June 2013, the engine is bound for a 319,000-dwt, ABS class VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) to be built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (SWS) for Maran Tankers of Greece. The G-series engine is hallmarked by its SFOC, energy efficiency and ability to meet all Tier II criteria.

16 Mar 2012

Marine Diesel Engine Builder to Manufacture in Poland

The Tognum Group is to erect a new plant in Poland to expand its European production and development capacity. The specialist for propulsion and power solutions is to invest over €90 million in the new site close to the City of Stargard Szczeciński in North-West Poland. The plant is to start producing the first components for Tognum’s MTU brand engines as of 2013. In addition to production, facilities will be set up for the development of mechanical and electronic engine components in Poland. Tognum is also to make investments of a similar magnitude in its lead plant in Friedrichshafen. From the middle of 2013, production output from the future plant in Stargard Szczeciński will primarily include crankcases…

08 Mar 2012

Chinese Engine Builder Celebrates Milestone

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.

07 Dec 2011

ABB Turbocharging's Growth in China

Comparison of volume flow ranges between A100-L turbochargers and their TPL-B predecessors.

Localization of A100 turbocharger technology latest landmark in ABB’s China commitment. Over a period of almost 40 years, ABB Turbocharging can claim always to have met developments in the Chinese market for large turbochargers with an appropriate local response. At the Marintec 2011 marine trade show in Shanghai, the company announced its latest move: the start of production in China of its most modern high pressure single stage turbocharger for low speed 2-stroke engines, the A100-L.

25 Jul 2011

MAN Reports Breakthrough in China

The new super long-stroke MAN B&W S90ME-C9 engine to be built in China Seaspan Corporation has placed an order for 7 + 18 newbuildings of 10,000 teu container ships at Jiangsu YangZiJiang Shipbuilding. These will be powered by the new super long-stroke engine type MAN B&W 10S90ME-C9, which will be built by the Chinese engine builder CMD. Traditionally, MAN Diesel & Turbo K98-type engines have been used as prime movers by 8,000-10,000 teu capacity container vessels. Following efficiency optimization trends in the market, where containerships have increasingly adopted lower ship speeds, the engine designer evaluated the possibility of using even larger propellers with a view to using engines with even lower speeds for propulsion.

22 Jul 2011

Breakthrough for Large Engine Manufacturing in China

Seaspan Corporation has placed an order for 7 + 18 newbuildings of 10,000 teu container ships at Jiangsu YangZiJiang Shipbuilding. These will be powered by the new super long-stroke engine type MAN B&W 10S90ME-C9, which will be built by the Chinese engine builder CMD. Traditionally, MAN Diesel & Turbo K98-type engines have been used as prime movers by 8,000-10,000 teu capacity container vessels. Following efficiency optimisation trends in the market, where container ships have increasingly adopted lower ship speeds, the engine designer evaluated the possibility of using even larger propellers with a view to using engines with even lower speeds for propulsion.

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