C-E Boilers Will Power Coal-Fired Ships Under Construction In Italy

Coal-fired steamships will be returning to the high seas, powered by Combustion Engineering marine boilers. C - E ' s l i c e n s e e in Italy, Franco Tosi S.p.A., has been awarded the world's first contract in 20 years for two coal-fired boilers by Italcantieri S.p.A., a shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The boilers will power two 75,750-dwt bulk carriers being built for Bulkships, Ltd. of Australia, scheduled to be delivered in late 1982 and early 1983. C-E will perform all design engineering, and Franco Tosi will manufacture the boilers.

C-E has modified an existing proven unit for the coal-fired marine market. Its spreader-stokerfired V2M9S boiler will develop 19,000 shaft horsepower. Total steam flow will be 137,812 pounds/ hour at the 100 percent normal rating. Steam temperature will be 915 F, and pressure at the superheater outlet will be 870 psig.

These units are designed to burn Callide coal.

The two bulkers ordered by Bulkships will be used to carry bauxite from Weipa in north Queensland to Gladstone, some 1,200 miles away in central Queensland, Australia. They will be long-term chartered to Queensland Alumina Ltd.

Coal firing aboard ships was essentially phased out by the end of World War II. One area of exception was the Great Lakes, where vessels have greater longevity because of the noncorrossive environment, and have easy access to coal. Vessels powered by C-E coal-fired boilers are still in active service on the Great Lakes.

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