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HHI rolls out largest electronically-controlled marine diesel

HHI rolls out largest electronically-controlled marine diesel

Ulsan: After successful trials, Hyundai Heavy industries presented the world's largest largest-ever electronically-controlled marine diesel engine, the Hyundai-Wärtsila 14RT-flex96C-B powerplant with an output of 108,920 bhp, was to shipowner Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and a number of classification societies at its engine plant last week.

The new engine, which reduces fuel consumption at low speeds and cuts NOx emissions through the electronically-controlled fuel injection point, will be installed aboard 8,000teu container ships being built for HMM.

Separately, HHI has concluded a technical agreement to manufacture US-designed LNG cargo pumps locally in South Korea. The agreement with Carter Cryogenics of the US to produce the company's cargo pumps locally in Korea, rather than importing them from the US, could save as much as $1.5m per LNG carrier. Typically, there are eight to ten such pumps on board each vessel. The agreement, which will see HHI manufacturing, marketing and producing the pumps, commences in early 2008.  

HHI remains the world's largest shipbuilder and notched up a record volume of orders in May.  [04/06/07]