New Medium-Speed Flexible Diesel Engine from Wärtsilä

By George Backwell at March 29, 2014 00:16
Filed Under: Marine Diesel Engines
The new Wärtsilä 46DF engine has been specifically developed for the high-output market and is fuel flexible as well as power flexible with 1045 kW or 1145 kW cylinder power options.Compactness and reduced weight are the key attractions of the medium-speed engine, giving ship designers the option of increasing a new vessel’s revenue-earning capacity to get the most efficient propeller speed through mechanical  (reduction gearing), or through diesel-electric transmissions. With the cruise ship, ferry,  LNG carrier and offshore vessel markets for this type of engine in mind, the 46F engine design is based on the well proven Wärtsilä 46F engine, popular since the early 2000s, but with the advantage of being able to use natural gas, heavy fuel oil (HFO), or marine diesel oil (MDO) bunker fuel.   Engine detailsThe Wärtsilä 46DF extends Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel engine family by covering the power range from 6.2 MW to 18.3 MW at 6... [More]

Rugged Engines Power New Gulf of Mexico Beauty

By George Backwell at February 28, 2014 22:26
Filed Under: Marine Diesel Engines, Offshore
American shipbuilders rarely deliver a ship that’s built for heavy duty offshore rig supply work that also turns heads, but a recent delivery from Houma, Louisiana-based New Generation Shipbuilding is already doing just that with the new 171-ft ‘Mr. Ernie’. OSV Mr. Ernie: Photo credit: Cummins Hotips/Alan Haig-Brown This striking vessel was built for same-name owner Ernie Vicknair and his partner Joe Gregory for rig support work in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to Cummins Hotips, credit for the distinctive super-structure design goes to Incat-Crowther, although the design and engineering support team also included Parfait Maritime; Mino Marine LLC; and Farrell & Norton Naval Architects. The outcome of their collective effort contradicts the old saw that if you want to kill any idea in the world set a committee to work on it.Propulsion powerA pair of Cummins K38M Tier 2 diesels deliver a total of 2000 HP through Twin Disc MGX-5321 gears to 72x65-inch Bird Joh... [More]

Engine Waste Heat Recovery: Latest MAN PTS-PTG System

By George Backwell at February 07, 2014 21:03
Filed Under: Marine Diesel Engines
High fuel oil saving potential with reduced auxiliary engine running hours can be achieved with latest waste heat recovery system [More]

Methanol Fuel Niche Filled by Flex-Fuel MAN Engine

By George Backwell at December 20, 2013 23:32
Filed Under: LPG, Methanol Fuel, Marine Diesel Engines
The new MAN B&W ME-LGI dual fuel engine which can burn sustainable fuels has been chosen by Vancouver-based Waterfront Shipping for a series of 50,000 dwt methanol carriers. The engines exploit a fraction of the cargo as fuel to run on 95% methanol ignited by 5% pilot oil. MAN Diesel & Turbo officially designates the ME-LGI engine ‘ME-B9.3-LGI’ (LGI stands for Liquid Gas Injection).Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President – Low Speed Promotion & Sales – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “This order represents a real market breakthrough for our Liquid Gas Injection engine and is the first such, commercial project that is not reliant on external funding. Simply put, the ME-LGI engine was chosen for these carriers because it is the engine best suited to the application. The LGI engine is designed to handle low-flash- point, low-sulphur fuels like LPG and methanol, etc. Consequently, its green credentials are striking with emissions of sulphur being alm... [More]

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]

New Low-Pressure DF 2-Stroke Engine From Wärtsilä Rolls Out Q3 2014

By George Backwell at November 22, 2013 22:03
Filed Under: LNG fuel, Marine Diesel Engines
The remarkable significance of a new marine diesel technology just announced by Wärtsilä is that the low pressure, dual-fuel (gas/liquid fuel) benefits that are already available to 4-stroke engines, can now be applied to 2-stroke engines as well, thus making the  technology available to the broader merchant shipping market. The test engine: Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä Wärtsilä, having announced the successful full scale testing on gas of an RT-flex50DF engine, say that the marine industry is already showing significant interest, evidenced by the fact that more than 130 industry executives from 89 leading shipping companies attended the recent introductory event in Trieste, Italy.  In his opening speech at the event, Jaakko Eskola, Senior Executive Vice President and President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, stated: “Dual-fuel engine technology is the future; it is a tide that cannot be turned back. Gas is certain to play an increasingly imp... [More]

Marine Diesel Engine Fuel Savings With ETI’s UltraBurn®

By George Backwell at October 11, 2013 23:19
Filed Under: New Technology
Fuel saving with cost-effective exhaust gas emissions reduction was recently documented by two American ferry operators who installed the UltraBurn® Combustion Catalyst System in vessels plying routes in the Pacific Northwest. Houston-based Emissions Technology (ETI) provided the system for the main and auxiliary diesel engines of the three public authority ferries. M/V Guemes Island Ferry: Photo credit CCL Dustin Creviston Skagit County Ferry Operations Division reported a reduction in black smoke of over 43% and double digit reductions in other emissions aboard their M/V Guemes Island Ferry earlier this year. More recently Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Division recorded fuel cost savings of  32% during a six month working period (ending September 2013) by their ferries M/V Steilacoom II and M/V Christine. How does the system work?Basically the UltraBurn Combustion Catalyst System improves heavy duty diesel engine performance by stimulating a more complete burn th... [More]

New Bunker Fuel-blending S3 Device: A Scrubber Alternative For Some Trades

By George Backwell at August 17, 2013 00:49
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, Marine Diesel Engines, New Technology
The S3 switch (a marketing acronym for ‘Smart Sulphur Switch) is a prototype developed by Denmark’s Insatech in cooperation with O.W. Bunkers, to blend and adjust two fuels (HFO and MDO) to a desired sulphur content enabling monitoring and control of marine diesel engine exhaust gas emissions without fitting expensive scrubber units.  The S3 is presently on trial aboard ships belonging to some of this major bunker supplier’s customers in Northern European waters, and commercial production is planned for later this year. S3 Fuel Switch Skid: Image credit Insatech Fuel Switching and BlendingOn most modern ships two service tanks are provided: one service tank contains the higher sulphur fuel oil and the other may contain low sulphur fuel to ensure MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations are met. This arrangement will involve a fuel changeover at some point during the ship’s engine operation, normally achieved by means of a three-way valve, and it is at this poin... [More]

First MaK Dual-fuel Marine Diesel Engine Ships Out for Japan

By George Backwell at July 05, 2013 23:41
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, Marine Diesel Engines, Shipyards
The first MaK dual-fuel marine diesel engine has been shipped out of the MaK Rostock, Gerrmany factory, announce Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, destined for the first of a new generation of AIDA cruise ships under construction by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) at its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. MaK M 46 DF Marine Diesel Engine: Photo credit: Caterpillar Upon arrival the new engine will be placed in the hull of the AIDA cruise ship now under construction (due for delivery in March 2015) as the first of two vessels ordered by the Costa Group member company. These luxury 124,500 gross tonnage cruise ships will have accommodation for around 3,300 passengers, and will be the largest ever constructed for AIDA Cruises.With a bore of 460 mm and stroke of 610, the M 46 DF engine is suitable for electric drive propulsion systems as well as mechanical propulsion systems. It has been designed to allow retrofitting of current M 43 C engines (three of which will also power the cr... [More]

Wärtsilä X40 Marine Diesel Engine Passes TAT in China

By George Backwell at June 15, 2013 07:01
Filed Under: Marine Diesel Engines
A Wärtsilä X40 low speed engine recently passed its Type Approval Test (TAT) in Zhouhai, China, on licensee Yuchai Marine Power’s test bed, verifying that it met all classification society requirements. Sea trials come next and then the new engine will be introduced to the market. X40 Marine Diesel TAT Ceremony: Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä This engine, with its 400 mm cylinder bore, a power output in the range of 4,550 to 9,080 kW and available in 5–8 cylinder configurations, covers the small-bore end of the market. Wärtsilä say that it is ideal for ‘Handysize’ vessels (smaller bulk carriers, product tankers and container feeder vessels) which is a segment where they are making their presence increasingly felt after a number of years absence. The Wärtsilä X40 building on the X35 engines, features Wärtsilä’s second-generation version of its well proven electronically controlled common rail system with time co... [More]

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