Navigating Innovation: Mitsubishi’s Turbocharger & Steering Gear

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At a recent gathering of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment (MHI MME) presented to a group of 152 maritime professionals from across the region, with six experts shedding light on two critical ship systems: turbochargers and steering gear.

Steering Gear Safety

Atsuo Kusakabe, Head of Business Development, emphasized Mitsubishi’s electro-hydraulic steering gear, stressing its significance in safety and manoeuvrability, and revealing that over 12,500 units have been installed worldwide. Satoshi Tokitsu, Design Engineer and after-sales manager, highlighted the importance of regular maintenance for reliability and safety.

Turbocharger Efficiency

Yasuto Fujino, MET Turbocharger Design Engineer, explained how Mitsubishi’s Exhaust Gas Turbochargers boost engine power and cut fuel consumption by about 3% through regular maintenance. Kazuma Matsuo, Engineering Manager, Business Development Team, Turbocharger Service Section, discussed and elaborated the market size of over 42,000 Axial (for 2-stroke Engine) & Radial (for 4-stroke Engine) Turbo Chargers installed.

Q&A Session

During the Q&A,With the market including dual fuel engines and the world’s largest marine diesel engine Matsuo said “there are strong opportunities and incentives for retrofitting turbochargers to meet decarbonisation regulations. Fuel efficiency enhancements can be achieved turbocharger cut outs and variable turbine Inlet installations, and mainly improve performance during low load operation”.Concluded by Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE branch, attendees raised queries about the impact on turbocharger performance of new fuels like Ammonia and LNG, and Engine Power Limitations. MHI’s provision of condition monitoring solutions for turbochargers was also raised.

The event was followed by an evening networking reception at the Anantara Resort on Palm Jumeirah, hosted by Gulf Turbo Solutions

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Source: Seatrademaritime