October 30, 2007
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China is now producing large bore, two stroke marine diesels.
China's CMD has delivered its first engine, an MAN B&W 7K90MC-C6 delivering 31,990 kW at 104 rpm. It is destined for a 3,500-teu containership built by Shanghai Shipyards for Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt of Hamburg.
CMD is a joint venture between Chinese shipbuilding giant CSSC, its independent Shanghai-based Hudong Heavy Machinery (HHM) division and Japan’s Mitsui.
HHM is China’s largest manufacturer of marine diesel-engines and has been a MAN Diesel licensee since 1980.
The initial signing of the license agreement between CMD and MAN Diesel to produce MAN B&W low-speed engines took place in January 2006 in Shanghai.
A MAN Diesel delegation traveled to China to celebrate CMD's first year in operation and delivery of its first engine.
Ole Grøne, Senior Vice President, Sales & Promotion MAN Diesel, in his speech at CMD’s headquarters in Lingang, 70 km south-east of Shanghai, spoke warmly of MAN Diesel’s many successful years of business in China, and of CMD’s rapid setting up of its new factory and its impressive expansion plans that aim to position China as the leading shipbuilding nation in the world.
During his speech, Grøne commented that, "the graduation of CMD to the league of large-bore builders will provide China with a highly needed supply of large-bore, two stroke, marine diesel engines for the current booming market as well as the future. It will also, we feel sure, provide you with a basis for growth and prosperity as a very important player in the worldwide marine business."
He concluded by also thanking Mitsui of Japan for its role as an investment partner in the joint venture.