Two 46,500 tdw product tankers contracted at Jiangdu Yuehai Shipbuilding Co Ltd in China by International Andromeda Shipping SAM of Monaco are to be powered by Sulzer RT-flex common-rail engines. Each vessel will be equipped with a Sulzer 5RT-flex58T-B main engine each with a power output of 10,625 kW at 105 rev/min.
Developed by Wärtsilä Corporation, Sulzer RT-flex engines are the first low-speed engines to have electronically-controlled common-rail systems for fuel injection and valve actuation. This gives unrivalled flexibility in the way the engines operate, to deliver benefits such as lower exhaust emissions, lower fuel consumption at part load, and better manoeuvring ability.
The engines will be built under licence by Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Plant in China. The engines are due to be shipped to the shipyard in December 2003 and March 2004.
There are now ten Sulzer RT flex engines in service and on order. The first engine in service is the Sulzer 6RT flex58T-B in the bulk carrier “Gypsum Centennial” which began operation in September 2001. In addition to the two five-cylinder engines mentioned above, there are six Sulzer 7RT-flex60C engines and another Sulzer 6RT-flex58T-B engine on order.
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