Lower Fuel Consumption for Slow Steaming
The new “next-generation” UEC50LSH-Eco Marine Diesel Engine developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME ) recently received its first order from Kobe Diesel Co., Ltd., a licensee of Mitsubishi UE engine technology located in Hyogo, Japan, to be installed on a 35k chemical tanker under constrction by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd.
The UEC50LSH-Eco is the first in MHI-MME’s new series of low-speed marine diesel engines being developed to follow its LSE series, and according to MHI-MME, the engine ensures advanced low-fuel-consumption and high efficiency, even during slow steaming.
MHI-MME said the new series comes as a response to market demand for engines that offer lower fuel consumption with optimized performance at lower engine speed for slow-steaming, as well as heightened compliance with emission standards. Thorough market research leads MHI-MME to believe the new engines will provide significant advantages in fuel efficiency achieving power output and engine speed optimized for bulk carriers (BC) such as Handymax BC, Supramax BC and Ultramax BC vessels, as well as medium size crude oil tankers, chemical tankers and other similar vessels. The new series will maximize fuel consumption savings by enabling vessel operators to benefit from the enhanced propulsion efficiency of long-stroke, low-speed engine operation.
The first UEC50LSH-Eco engine and chemical tanker are slated for completion in March and October of 2015, respectively.
Using this first order for a UEC50LSH-Eco engine as a springboard, MHI-MME and its licensees will continue to propose various innovative energy-saving and environmental solutions to enhance seagoing energy efficiency and environmental preservation efforts, then leading to additional technological advances to a wider range of new engine products, MHI-MME said.