Most Powerful Engines Ordered for HMM Containerships
Four 8600 TEU container ships contracted by Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd (HMM) for building at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd (two ships) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co Ltd (two ships) in Korea are to be powered by 14-cylinder Sulzer RT-flex96C common-rail engines. Each engine will have a maximum continuous power of 80 ,080 kW.
These Sulzer 14RT-flex96C engines will be built under licence from Wärtsilä Corporation by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd. The ships are due for delivery in the first quarter of 2008 and are intended for operation on the East Asia - Europe trade. They will have a service speed of 27 knots.
Mr J.S. Kwon, senior vice president of Hyundai Merchant Marine looked forward to the delivery of these ships, commenting, "The choice of 14-cylinder Sulzer engines with the latest common-rail technology provides us with a very economical propulsion plant for more than 100 000 horsepower."
The Sulzer 14RT-flex96C is the most powerful marine engine on order today, according to the company, and also the first low-speed marine engine to be built with more than 12 cylinders.