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MHI shares technical insights with IMarEST UAE

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The safety and efficiency impacts of steering gear and turbo chargers were the subject of discussions at a seminar hosted by IMarEST UAE branch last week.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment (MHI MME) presented to a group of 152 maritime professionals from across the region, with six experts shedding light on two critical ship systems: turbochargers and steering gear.

Head of Business Development, Marine Machinery Group, Atsuo Kusakabe, offered insights into Mitsubishi's electro-hydraulic steering gear, stressing its significance in safety and manoeuvrability, and revealing that over 12,500 units have been installed worldwide. 

Design Engineer and after sales manager for Steering Gear Section, Satoshi Tokitsu, explained some common steering gear issues and the critical role of periodic maintenance in ensuring reliability and overall safety. 

MET Turbocharger Design Engineer, Yasuto Fujino, gave an extensive explanation of Mitsubishi Exhaust gas Turbochargers (MET), highlighting their impact on boosting engine power and cutting fuel oil consumption by around 3%, with regular maintenance ensuring their reliability.

Efficiency was also the focus of Kazuma Matsuo, Engineering Manager/Team leader, Business Development Team, Turbocharger Service Section, who elaborated on the market size of over 42,000 Axial (for 2-stroke Engine) & Radial (for 4-stroke Engine) Turbo Chargers installed. 

With the market including dual fuel engines and the world’s largest marine diesel engine, Matsuo said there are strong opportunities and incentives for retrofitting turbochargers to meet decarbonisation regulations. Fuel efficiency enhancements can be achieved turbocharger cut outs and variable turbine Inlet installations, and mainly improve performance during low load operation, said Matsuo.

In the concluding Q&A session, moderated by Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE branch, attendees raised queries about the impact on turbocharger performance of new fuels like Ammonia and LNG, and Engine Power Limitations. MHI's provision of condition monitoring solutions for turbochargers was also raised.

The event was followed by an evening networking reception at the Anantara Resort on Palm Jumeirah, hosted by Gulf Turbo Solutions.