December 21, 2000
Seacor acquires inland barge line
Keppel FELS' Brazilian unit gets FPSO conversion job
Halliburton Productos Ltd is a Brazilian subsidiary of Kellogg Brown & Root which has secured a R$2.5 billion project from Petrobras for the development of the production facilities in the Barracuda and Caratinga Fields in the Campos Basin.
Tong Chong Heong, managing director of Keppel FELS said, "I'm very pleased that our near-market, near-customer strategy is working for us. Through FELS Setal, our new joint venture shipyard in Brazil, our ability to meet the demands of our clients based in South America and the Mercosul region is greatly enhanced.
Altogether there are now 78 Sulzer RTA84T engines (including the -B
Ten 305,000 tdw oil tankers recently contracted in China and South Korea by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) will each be propelled by a seven-cylinder Sulzer RTA84T-B low-speed diesel engine. The engines will have a maximum continuous output of 27,160 kW (36,960 bhp) at 74 rev/min, and give the ships a service speed of 15.5 knots.Five of these VLCCs (very large crude oil carriers) will be built at Dalian New Shipyard, China, with delivery between December 2001 and December 2002. The other five will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd at Ulsan, South Korea, with their delivery due during 2002.
All ten engines will be built in Korea under licence from Wärtsilä Corporation. Those for the ships building at Dalian will be built by HSD Engine Co Ltd, whereas Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd will build the other five engines for the newbuildings in Korea.
National Iranian Tanker Co already owns five VLCCs powered by Sulzer
Hellespont has contracted the first ULCCs (ultra large crude oil carriers) to be ordered for many years.
Hellespont recently placed orders for a total of four 442,500 tdw ULCCs at Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd, as well as four 310,000 tdw VLCCs at Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd.
The four ULCCs will each have a Sulzer 9RTA84T-D engine of 36,900 kW (50,220 bhp) MCR output to obtain a service speed of 16.5 knots.
The four VLCCs will each be powered by a Sulzer 8RTA84T-D engine of 32,800 kW (44,640 bhp) MCR output, for a service speed of 17 knots. All eight RTA84T-D engines will be built under licence from Wärtsilä Corporation by HSD Engine Co Ltd.
In addition, the ULCCs will each be equipped with three Wärtsilä 9L20 auxiliary engines each of 1530 kW output. The VLCCs will each have three 1360 kW Wärtsilä 8L20 auxiliary engines. These auxiliary engines will be manufactured at Wärtsilä's Vaasa factory in Finland.
Shinwa Kaiun has ordered a 280,000 tdw VLCC at Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd (IHI) to be powered by a Sulzer 7RTA84T engine of 27,160 kW (36,960 bhp) output. The ship is due for delivery in December 2001
NYK Line has ordered two 300,000 tdw VLCCs at NKK Corporation which will each be powered by a Sulzer 7RTA84T engine of 27,160 kW (36,960 kW). The ships are both due for delivery in 2002.
A single 300,000 tdw VLCC has also been contracted by Iino Kaiun at IHI that will be equipped with a Sulzer 7RTA84T engine. All six RTA84T engines ordered by Japanese shipyards will be built under
The Sulzer RTA84T low-speed two-stroke diesel engine is specifically tailored for the propulsion needs of large tankers. It runs at low speeds (54 - 76 rev/min) to match the optimum propeller speeds of such large ships. As part-load fuel economy is important in ships which might have long periods of 'slow-steaming,' the RTA84T uses flexible engine setting through variable exhaust valve closing (VEC), load-dependent cylinder liner cooling, and variable fuel injection timing (VIT).
The engine is manufactured in two versions, the RTA84T-B and the RTA84T-D with a higher power output. Available with five to nine cylinders, the RTA84T covers a power range of 19,400 to 36,900 kW (26,400 to 50,220 bhp) at maximum continuous output.