New U.S. Built Coal-Fired Ship To Be Powered By G.E. Steam Turbine

The first coal-fired ship to be built in the United States in modern maritime history will be powered by a General Electric Company 12,000-shp geared marine steam turbine.

It is the second order for coalfired propulsion equipment received recently by General Electric (Lynn, Mass.).

The ship, which will haul 30,000 short tons of coal between Hampton Roads, Va., and New England Power Company electric generating plants at Brayton Place, R.I., and Salem, Mass., has been ordered by a company owned jointly by New England Power and Keystone Shipping Company.

The vessel will be built by General Dynamics at its Quincy, Mass., shipyard. The ship is expected to go into service in 1983.

Raymond J. Walsh, manager of marine sales at General Electric's Industrial and Marine Steam Turbine Division, said the orders reflect a renewed interest in coalfired ships for hauling not only coal but all bulk materials.

General Electric recently announced an order for two 19,000- shaft-horsepower geared marine steam turbines to power ships that will serve the Australian bauxite trade. Those propulsion systems will be built jointly by General Electric in Lynn and Cantieri Navali Reuniti, General Electric's manufacturing associate in Genoa, Italy. The two ships will be built in Trieste, Italy.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 27,  Jun 15, 1981

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