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Posted by June 2, 2015

ABB Helps Improve Efficiency on the World’s Largest Ships

ABB has designed turbochargers powering the largest ships in the world. First came the China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe with capacity of 19,100 TEU completing its maiden voyage in February 2015. This was followed by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Oscar at 19,224 TEU. Both have engines incorporating ABB-designed turbochargers and are each the first of a series of vessels to launch in the coming months also featuring turbochargers designed by ABB.
The largest vessels of any type in service, the CSCL Globe and MSC Oscar are the only containerships in operation with capacity of over 19,000 TEU. In addition to their design, which allows this record-breaking cargo capacity, they host the largest engines on any ship. This advanced engine technology, coupled with ABB turbochargers improves engine efficiency, lowers fuel consumption and cuts emissions. The turbochargers designed by ABB, and fitted under license by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on both vessels, have a very positive effect on fuel consumption, a key issue for such large ships which also face the challenge of lowering emissions.
Each ship is equipped with MAN diesel engines. The Globe is fitted with three ABB A185-L turbochargers, while The MSC Oscar features ABB 180-L turbochargers. In addition the auxiliary engines on both were designed by ABB, fitted under license by HHI. These two ships are also the first of a series that will feature the same engine and turbocharger configuration.

(As published in the May 2015 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -

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