Fairbanks Morse engines to power Navy’s seventh Expeditionary Sea Base ship

Written by Marine Log Staff
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FM MAN 6L48/60 Common Rail (CR) engine

Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO), reports that it has been awarded a contract for four main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) for the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) 7. This is the seventh ship in the Navy’s Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD)/Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) program.

The engines will be built by Fairbanks Morse at its Beloit, Wisc., manufacturing facility.

“This award brings the total to 12 engines with common rail fuel technology delivered to the US Navy for the ESB program by Fairbanks Morse, which demonstrates their confidence in the reliability of our engines,” said Fairbanks Morse President, Deepak Navnith.

The four FM MAN 6L48/60 Common Rail (CR) engines are each rated at 6,480 kW and will deliver a total of 25,920 kW of installed power. The common rail system technology will deliver improved specific fuel consumption at all operating points, resulting in significant fuel savings over the operational lifetime of the ship. The CR system uses a common high-pressure fuel header, electronic governing systems, high-pressure pumps, electronically controlled fuel delivery, and a new control system to deliver a precise amount of fuel throughout all engine operations.

“The CR technology provides fuel savings, improved engine performance and less engine maintenance, all of which will help the ESB ships spend more time at sea,” said Navnith.

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