COSCO Shipping Lines' container ship equipped with ABB turbochargers


Chinese firm COSCO Shipping Lines' new 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containership known as COSCO Shipping Taurus has been equipped with ABB turbochargers.

The new vessel was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) and was launched earlier this month.

The ship is set to use ABB turbochargers to power both the main and auxiliary engines, and is claimed to be one of the largest containerships ever to be built in China.

ABB noted that ten additional COSCO Shipping Lines vessels are to be built, and will also be integraed with the same ABB turbocharger configuration.

COSCO Shipping Lines’ fleet will expand to 311 containerships after the addition is complete, and will feature a combined capacity of 1.64 million TEU.

ABB Turbocharging managing director Oliver Riemenschneider said: “We very much appreciate the strength and duration of our relationship and cooperation with COSCO Shipping Lines Co. Ltd over the years. 

“ABB turbochargers have for a long-time been operated on-board its fleets, and the maintenance of more than 300 of these units is managed under ABB service agreements. 

“We look forward to the continuation of this relationship as we deliver our products to power the engines of these new, high-capacity ships.”

The containership's main engines will be equipped with three A180-L units, which is a two-stroke turbocharger that has been specially designed for deployment on large, marine diesel engines.

"We very much appreciate the strength and duration of our relationship and cooperation with COSCO Shipping Lines Co. Ltd over the years."

The turbochargers are reported to increase efficiency, operational flexibility and optimise fuel costs, while complying with the IMO Tier II emissions regulations.

Four auxiliary engines were also installed on-board the new ship, which feature four-stroke TPL67-C turbochargers. The same configuration will also be installed in its sister vessels.

COSCO Shipping Taurus is 400m-long and features a width of 58.6m.

The ship is scheduled to operate from Asia to Europe, and is contains a refrigerated capacity of 1,000 TEU.


Image: Main engine on a container ship showing an A100-L type turbocharger. Photo: courtesy of ABB Turbocharging.