Wärtsilä has received its first two orders, a total of seven engines, for their X62 2-stroke low speed engine. The X62 is a midsize engine tailor made for Panamax Bulk Carriers, Aframax or Long Range 2 (LR2) Tankers and Container feeders. It is part of the new engine generation X 2-stroke engine family which was recently introduced to the market. According to the contracts, the main engines will be supplied to power:
- Four new LR2 tankers being built for Kyklades Maritime Corporation, a Greek ship owner, at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (HHI) in South Korea.
- Three bulk carriers for Suisse-Atlantique, the Switzerland based global fleet operator, to be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard's (HMD) facilities in Vietnam.
The vessels will be of the new Ecodesign developed by the yards to reduce fuel consumption and emissions substantially compared to previous tonnage. Both orders were signed during the second quarter of 2013 and the engines will be manufactured... [More]
SEAHORSE 41 – (41,000 DWT) is the new Handy size design and is based on same concept ideas as the famous and successful SEAHORSE 35 and 375, but with slightly enlarged dead weight. The vessel size in the Handy size segment has gradually increased from below 30,000 ton and with Grontmij latest SEAHORSE 41 design, deadweight exceeds 40,000 ton. In the SEAHORSE 41, length overall has been maintained at 180m, while the breadth has been taken out from 30.0m to the present Panamax gauge of 32.26m, with the scantling draught set at 10.5m and hull depth increased from 14.7m to 15m.The SEAHORSE 41 is designed to accommodate the new Green Engine Type from MAN Diesel, which is a MAN 5G50ME-B9.3 supplying 6.500 kW to the propeller. The new engine type has extremely long stroke, which in combination with the enlarged NPT propeller provides very high propulsion efficiency. These features combined with energy saving device from Becker Marine Mewis Duct result in very low fuel consumption. Becke... [More]
The world fleet will be greener, leaner and meaner in the next eight years according to DNV’s Research and Innovation Unit in their just published ‘Technology Outlook 2020’ as they follow the example of the poet Tennyson – “For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see, saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.” So too, the DNV team made many correct predictions in its last 2008 ‘Outlook’ (although they admit surprise that the wind energy sector developed so rapidly) which gives added weight to their latest analysis.
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Key prognostications with a bearing on developments in marine power and propulsion technology, follow.
Upcoming Energy Efficient Design Index (EEDI)The EEDI (Energy Efficient Design Index) regulation requires new-buildings in 2025 to be 30% more energy efficient than today’s average ship which will drive implementation of energy efficiency mea... [More]
'Emerald', a Midsize concept bulk carrier of 35,000 dwt, designed jointly by Bestway Marine Engineering Design of Shanghai and classification society Lloyds Register, bettered by 18% existing performance of standard bulk carriers as measured by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 'Energy Efficient Design Index' (EEDI) according to the project leaders' announcement on 1, February 2011.It may be helpful to explain briefly 'EEDI', since it provided base measure for the 'Emerald' design team's work, and an associated new regulatory development also seems worth mentioning here.Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)EEDI relates to efforts by IMO to limit global warming through pollution of the environment by marine engines, allowing a specific figure for an individual ship design to be calculated by means of a fairly complex formula. It is expressed in grams of CO2 per ship's capacity-mile, and a smaller EEDI value indicates a more energy-efficient ship design. The far more co... [More]
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