Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) from specialist suppliers are becoming increasingly popular to boost the overall plant efficiency of large container ship propulsion installations, reducing fuel consumption and thus carbon dioxide emissions. This is evidenced by ABB’s recent US$23-million order to supply no less than fourteen new 8,800 TEU ships with their WHRS package.
MSC Container Ship: Photo credit ABB
The first seven post-panamax vessels will be built at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd., (DSIC) and the other seven vessels at New Times Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., for China International Marine Containers Group Co. and Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A (MSC). ABB say that their scope of supply includes power turbines with control valves, alternators, reduction gears and dynamic compensators. The package also includes two of their latest generation of turbochargers. The electrical output of the system is 1.65 megawatt (MW).The combination of large main engine size and high onboa... [More]
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MAN Diesel & Turbo together with Germanischer Lloyd have published a study analyzing the problem of the best way for container ships to meet the present and future exhaust emission regulations. The four technologies investigated in the study are: exhaust gas cleaning by scrubber, scrubber plus Waste Heat Recovery (WHR), LNG as a fuel and LNG with WHR. In the study, circumstances were considered for five sizes of container ship. The smallest is a feeder of 2,500 TEU going up to the largest of 18,000 TEU. For each ship size the speed, engine power, round trip distance and percentage of distance spent in Emission Control Areas is estimated proportionally. The study concludes that LNG offers lower emissions and given the right circumstances, less fuel cost. [More]
There have been several reports in the recent press about an imminent order for several 18,000 TEU container ships for Maersk, to be built by Daewoo in Korea. MAN B&W published a detailed paper Propulsion Trends in Container Vessels in 2004 on the subject of how big ships will grow and concluded that the size of 18,000 TEU is the most likely ceiling. This size of ship, sometimes referred to as Malacca-max would require a propulsion power of 103,000 kW. These vessels could be powered by a single or twin engine arrangement. [More]