Taking the Heat Out of Big Marine Diesels & Putting it to Work

By George Backwell at November 29, 2013 21:38
Filed Under: Marine Diesel Engines
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]

High Speed Logistics & Personnel Carrier Named for U.S. MSC

By George Backwell at September 23, 2011 23:21
Filed Under: Navy News
The first high speed fleet support vessel to be directly owned and operated by  U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) was christened last Saturday in the traditional manner and named USNS Spearhead at the Austal builder’s yard in Mobile, Alabama, according to MSC news release. USNS Spearhead: Official US Government photgraph The Navy evaluated the usefulness of commercial high-speed ferries for logistical and personnel deployment for some ten years with the chartered fast catamarans Westpac Express and HSV-Swift according to an NDIA article online  ‘Commercial Ferries Paving Way for Joint High Speed Vessel’ before deciding to place orders with Austal USA for five Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV’s) of this type (with an option for five more); a choice enthusiastically endorsed by people who had served aboard them on military and humanitarian missions. An Austal High-speed Catamaran Ferry: Courtesy of Austal Inc. USA Capabilites of the USNS Spearhea... [More]

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