China’s Largest Box Ships Powered by ABB Turbochargers
ABB turbochargers are powering the main engines and auxiliary engines of the largest containership ever built in China, a 20,000 TEU vessel named COSCO Shipping Taurus, launched in June 2017.
This first ship was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS) for delivery to COSCO Shipping Lines Co. Ltd, the world’s fourth largest container shipping company. A further ten vessels also for COSCO Shipping Lines will be applied with the same ABB turbocharger configuration. They will add to the company’s fleet of 311 containerships with a total capacity of 1.64 million TEU.
Each of the main engines will be equipped with three A180-L units, a two-stroke turbocharger, designed for large, marine diesel engines. To meet the need for optimizing fuel costs across fleets in the container shipping market, these turbochargers increase efficiency and operational flexibility, as well as enabling operators to comply with IMO Tier II emissions regulations with lowest fuel consumptions. Onboard this new ship, and its sister vessels, the four auxiliary engines will each be fitted with a four-stroke TPL67-C turbocharger. To-date, these have been the most in-demand of all ABB turbochargers, with the well-proven reliability that is crucial for the role of auxiliary engines.
Following the unveiling of the ‘Made in China’ strategy by the China State Council in 2015, the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) last year published ‘The Action Plan for Improving the Marine Equipment Industry’s Capability (2016-2020)’. This outlined further the importance and the key tasks for developing China into a shipping and ship building powerhouse. The construction of these eleven new box ships represents continuing progress towards this significant goal.
COSCO Shipping Taurus is 400 meters long, with a width of 58.6 meters, and of the total 20,000 TEU it is equipped for 1,000 TEU of refrigerated capacity. The ship will operate routes from Asia to Europe.