Electronically Controlled Marine Diesel Engine Completed
Feb. 08, 2005
Tokyo, February 8, 2005 – Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today announced that it has completed its first electronically controlled marine diesel engine in February. It will be installed in the first of three car carriers with a capacity of 5,000 cars built by Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation at Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. for Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Lline). It is the world's first electronically controlled engine with a cylinder bore of 60 cm.
The Kawasaki-MAN B&W ME engine is an electronically controlled version of the best-selling MAN B&W MC engine. It enables ships to operate in lower fuel consumption with reduced cylinder lubricants. It also operates stably during low engine speeds and thus offers higher maneuverability. The engine's many features include lower NOx and soot emissions.
Kawasaki's manufacture of diesel engines began with a license agreement with MAN (Germany) in 1911. Following the merger of MAN and B&W (Denmark) in 1981, Kawasaki signed a new license agreement and began producing Kawasaki-MAN B&W diesel engines. To date, Kawasaki has produced enough MAN B&W engines to output nearly 20 million horsepower.
So far Kawasaki has received orders for five MAN B&W ME engines in total, three for the car carriers and two for two megacontainer carriers with a carrying capacity of 8,000 TEUs for K-Line.