GULF OFFSHORE 2002
Tidewater picks new EMD model for 282-ft anchor handlers
The four EMD generator sets in each vessel will produce a total of 24,000 hp required for the boats diesel-electric propulsion, dynamic positioning, winching, towing and other systems as well as hotel loads.
The generator sets utilize generators manufactured by the Baylor Division of National Oilwell, LP of Houston.
"That requires an incredible amount of smooth, dependable, high horsepower. These engines are designed and built for that kind of rigorous use, while meeting all of the new IMO requirements as well as being adaptable to meet anticipated future standards," said Ralston Cole, Stewart & Stevenson, Vice-President, Power and Marine.
He added, "EMDs 80-year history of having produced more than 70,000 engines speaks for itself. Our customers value their outstanding reliability, serviceability, load acceptance capabilities, low operating costs and ease of maintenance with standardized components. All of us at Stewart & Stevenson are delighted that Tidewater, the largest commercial fleet operator in the world, is the first to use the marine version of these new engines that have already proven themselves in diesel locomotives."
Cole said some of the advanced features of the new 16-cylinder, four-stroke engines include the following: