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Cummins Gen-Sets Fill Niche Application

Posted on February 24, 2010

Cummins recently delivered one of its KTA10-D (M) emergency generator sets to STX Engine Co., South Korea. The gen-set will utlimately end up powering a vessel's emergency systems. IMO has mandated the installation of emergency generators in the upper decks of all new ships.

The company reports that a great majority, approximately 70%, of emergency generator sets installed in Korea's booming shipyards are built around Cummins diesel engines. Depending on the size of the ship and class requirements, the emergency generators range from the smaller units powered by a Cummins 4BT-D(M) model turning a 45 kW generator to a Cummins QSK60-D(M) engine producing 1715 kW and powering 1250 to 1700 kW generators.

Emergency generators must be capable of operating independently of the other ship systems. To assure this, the engines are fitted with radiator cooling and two independent starting systems--a 24 V battery supplied electric starter and a back up hydraulic start system. A hand pump builds pressure in the system to utilize human energy to start the engine.

In addition to supplying Korean built ships, the STX emergency gen-set division exports a large number of sets worldwide.

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