Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced extensions to its licence agreements with two of the biggest two-stroke engine manufacturers.
At a recent ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark, HHI’s Engine & Machinery Division signed a contract extending its two-stroke licence agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo. This latest extension continues a collaboration on low speed technology that began in 1976.
Thomas Knudsen, MAN Diesel & Turbo senior vice president and head of low speed, said: “MAN Diesel & Turbo has enjoyed a long working relationship with HHI, one that we are delighted to extend. HHI has always played a significant role in the development of two-stroke innovation and, indeed, produces the full range of our low speed portfolio. We look forward to inspiring each other for many years to come.”
HHI has also signed an amendment to extend its current licence agreement with Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for another ten years. The agreement covers the sale, manufacturing and servicing of WinGD low speed marine engines. HHI is a long-standing member of the WinGD family of low speed engine licensees.
WinGD and HHI have enjoyed a long, successful and fruitful relationship. As well as building many engines HHI has, over the years, contributed to the development of WinGD low speed engines and has built the first examples of new engine types such as the RT-flex82C, the RT-flex82T and the X92.
“WinGD and HHI have a long common history of introducing new technologies to the international shipbuilding industry. The extension of our licence co-operation agreement will enable us to strengthen our presence in the important Korean shipbuilding market and ensures that in the years to come our customers will continue to benefit from the availability of competitive, high quality fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly main propulsion engines for all merchant vessels built by shipyards in HHI territory. It also shows WinGD’s long-term commitment to be a reliable and innovative partner to the Korean ship and enginebuilding industry,” commented Martin Wernli, WinGD chief executive.
Booster systems readied for LPG
Alfa Laval’s FCM One low flashpoint fuel booster systems are being readied for operation on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuelled tankers, having proved themselves on methanol fuelled tankers with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s ME-LGI engines.
In 2013, Alfa Laval was selected by MAN Diesel & Turbo to deliver low flashpoint fuel supply systems for the world’s first methanol fuelled tankers. The two companies had been collaborating since 2012 on fuel conditioning for MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new two-stroke diesel engines with liquefied gas injection (LGI) technology. But when the engine maker contracted to equip nine vessels with methanol burning ME-LGI engines, methanol became the focus.
“MAN Diesel & Turbo has worked closely with Alfa Laval on development projects such as exhaust gas recirculation, where Alfa Laval’s PureNOx technology cleans the circulation water,” said Søren H Jensen, vice president and head of research and development for two-stroke business at MAN Diesel & Turbo. “That, together with deep expertise in fuel conditioning, made Alfa Laval the natural choice to deliver the low flashpoint fuel supply systems for methanol.”
The finished booster technology, the Alfa Laval FCM One low flashpoint fuel system, was installed on tankers built by Minaminippon Shipbuilding in Japan and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The vessels’ three owners, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Westfal-Larsen and Marinvest, have since logged over 4,500 running hours with the FCM One in the past three years.
“The effectiveness and market-readiness of our ME-LGI engine technology has been clearly demonstrated by the fleet, said MAN Diesel & Turbo customer director Kjeld Aabo. “Alfa Laval’s low flashpoint fuel booster technology has played a significant role in that success, and we look forward to further co-operation as the application develops.”
New booster developments are already underway. MAN Diesel & Turbo is in the process of modifying the ME-LGI engine series to use LPG as an alternative fuel, and Alfa Laval is preparing the booster system. After more than a year of development, the first Alfa Laval FCM One LPG will soon be delivered to MAN Diesel & Turbo’s test facility in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“Tests of the engine and booster are expected to be completed by the end of 2017,” said Roberto Comelli, fuel conditioning systems business manager at Alfa Laval. “In the meantime, Alfa Laval is preparing to support MAN Diesel & Turbo when the first LPG related orders come in. We are proud to be associated with LGI engine technology and to help give more customers access to this low emissions alternative.”