ABB Turbocharging presented its first dedicated turbocharger for marine auxiliary engine applications at the CIMAC Congress in Helsinki, Finland.
The turbocharger, which the company said was designed for ease of operation and service, was developed in cooperation with IHI Corp.
The company said the Marine Auxiliary Power (MXP) turbocharger is a key part of its strategy to focus on increased value for engine builders and operators in the large engine industry through segment- and application-specific turbocharging offerings.
MXP is designed for auxiliary engines with power output up to 2 MW operating under HFO conditions. In this dedicated product, the complexity of parts required in turbochargers with broader usage has been simplified for the specific operational requirements of this market, the company said.
A simplified service approach was also a significant focus in product development as MXP allows for condition-based maintenance, optimizing operational costs, the company said. Self-service maintenance by the ship’s crew onboard additionally lowers costs while maximizing application availability and flexibility. This will be supported by a digital, interactive solution from ABB.
MXP is designed to provide the required auxiliary engine operation performance for vessels such as bulkers, tankers and mid-sized container ships. In addressing emissions regulations, the new turbocharger enables IMO II compliance of the engine without the need for any additional measures.
“In unveiling MXP, we are delivering a dedicated product in response to true market needs for auxiliary engines: simplified and designed for service; with competitive total cost of ownership; and fully meeting load response and fuel efficiency requirements,” said Roland Schwarz, head of Marine Auxiliary Product Group and ABB Turbocharging Japan. “The CIMAC Congress is renowned for sharing of technical developments across the large engine industry, so it is ideal for our first presentation of this new product. We look forward to discussing with engine builders and operators the value this turbocharger can bring to their applications through its optimized performance matched to auxiliary engines actual operating profiles.”
As part of this technical product launch, MXP was introduced to the large engine industry through the presentation of a technical paper at the CIMAC Congress on. MXP will be produced in at least three frame sizes, and commercially available in early 2017.