Chinese engine manufacturer completes first Mitsubishi-UE

07 Jun 2010
6UEC43LSII completed at YMD

6UEC43LSII completed at YMD

China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) subsidiary Yichang Marine Diesel Engine (YMD) has completed its first Mitsubishi-UE low-speed marine diesel engine under a technology licensing arrangement with MHI.

YMD, located in Yichang, Hubei Province, is expected to complete three more UE engines before the end of 2010, with plans calling for progressive expansion of engine production. The first example of a UE design from YMD is a 6UEC43LSII with power output of 6,300 kW at 160 rpm. The unit will be the main engine for a German-owned 32,000 dwt timber/cargo carrier currently under construction in Fujian Province.

Besides small- and medium-size engine licensing to YMD, MHI has previously licensed UE engine technology to two other Chinese companies, i.e. large- and medium-size UE engines to Qingdao Qiyao Wärtsilä MHI Linshan Marine Diesel Company (QMD) in Qingdao, Shandong Province, and small-size engines to Zhejiang Yungpu Heavy Machinery (Yungpu) in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province.

MHI says that China’s shipbuilding industry passed through a period of stagnation thanks to the global financial crisis, but has now rebounded and is marking robust growth. In 2009, China overtook Korea in terms of new shipbuilding orders and now holds the market leading position.

Looking to the future, MHI will continue to seek market opportunities for the UE brand in China through collaboration with YMD, QMD, where production has been launched, and YUNGPU, with which MHI signed a license agreement in late 2009.

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