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CSSC Marine introduces engine start solution for low sulphur fuels

CSSC Marine Service (CMS), the equipment subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has introduced a retrofit solution to engine starting problems that may occur with less viscous low sulphur fuels.

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CMS announced during Marintec China 2019 that its solution is available for common-rail RT-Flex engines with five to seven cylinders of 48-60mm bore deploying two or more fuel pumps.

“We developed this solution following reports received from our customers of engine starting failures encountered when using low sulphur fuels. Our Fuel Rail Booster pump upgrade service greatly reduces the risk of an emergency during manoeuvring and pays for itself if just one missed start is avoided,” said Andrew Stump, president of CMS.

Some two-stroke engines using common-rail injection report problems reaching and maintaining high enough fuel rail pressure due to wear of fuel pumps, starting air problems or leaking injection control units.

The concern is amplified when using less viscous low sulphur fuel, which is the fuel many owners are likely to be using to comply with IMO 2020.

CMS has already installed the solution on several vessels and is delivering the retrofit through an expanded number of service stations worldwide. CMS has opened three service hubs – in South Korea, Singapore and Hamburg – and five service stations since 2017.

The company aims to open six service hubs and 28 stations by 2020.

“CMS has secured several maintenance and inspection agreements since its launch. We will continue to establish the infrastructure required to satisfy these and to further expand our services to the marine sector,” Stump said.

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