Power and automation technology firm ABB has introduced turbochargers to improve engine performance on larger container ships.
The China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe container ship, with a capacity of 19,100teu, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Oscar at 19,224teu, have already been equipped with engines incorporating ABB-designed turbochargers.
Currently, the CSCL Globe and MSC Oscar are the only container ships in operation with capacity of more than 19,000teu.
Globe is equipped with three ABB A185-L turbochargers, while MSC Oscar features ABB 180-L turbochargers. ABB has also designed auxiliary engines on both vessels.
The vessels are equipped with advanced engines, coupled with ABB high efficiency turbochargers to improve engine efficiency, lower fuel consumption and cut emissions.
ABB Turbocharging Switzerland senior general manager Arie Smits said: "Container vessels have almost doubled in capacity over the last five years, with the cost of fuel ensuring that increased engine efficiency will remain a high priority for owners and operators."
The turbochargers are fitted under licence by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on both vessels.
Arie Smits added: "Our A100-L series of turbochargers was developed based on extensive feedback from marine industry customers.
"Meeting the specific requirements of ships of this size, they feature technology widely proven on the smallest to largest two-stroke marine diesel engines, including reduced fuel consumption and compliance with IMO Tier I, Tier II and Tier III limits and NOx emissions."