ABB turbochargers for COSCO ULCS series

30 Jun 2017
ABB A100-L turbochargers will be fitted to the main engines in COSCO's eleven-strong series of ultra-large container ships

ABB A100-L turbochargers will be fitted to the main engines in COSCO's eleven-strong series of ultra-large container ships

A series of eleven ultra-large container ships (ULCS) under construction in China – the biggest ever built in the country – will use ABB turbochargers, the company has reported.

The 20,000 teu Taurus, launched in June 2017, was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co for delivery to COSCO Shipping Lines Co. Both main engines and auxiliary engines are charged by ABB turbochargers, and a further ten vessels will have the same configuration.

The main engines will be equipped with three A180-L two-stroke turbocharger units, optimised for low fuel consumption ant Tier II NOx compliance. The four auxiliary engines will each be fitted with a four-stroke TPL67-C turbocharger, ABB’s most in-demand model.

Oliver Riemenschneider, managing director, ABB Turbocharging said, “We very much appreciate the strength and duration of our relationship and cooperation with COSCO Shipping Lines Co over the years.  ABB turbochargers have for a long-time been operated onboard its fleets, and the maintenance of more than 300 of these units is managed under ABB service agreements.  We look forward to the continuation of this relationship as we deliver our products to power the engines of these new, high capacity ships.”

The construction of the eleven boxships represents progress towards the Chinese Ministry of Industry & Information Technology’s (MIIT) goal of developing China into a shipping and ship building powerhouse, elaborated under its 2016-2020 action plan for marine equipment.

Allan QingZhou Wang, head of ABB Turbocharging China added: "This addition in tonnage to the world containership market underlines the high potential to achieve this goal. At the same time ABB is recognising and responding to market demand across Asia, by strengthening our foothold in China.”