Page 11: of Maritime Reporter Magazine (December 15, 1981)
At today's prices, a vessel fueled by coal can cost nearly $3 million less per year to operate than one powered by diesel. And that's based on fuel prices alone.
When you consider the higher maintenance cost of a diesel, and its need for expensive lubricating oil, the difference becomes even more staggering.
Small wonder that coal is making a comeback in ocean ship- ping. Foster Wheeler, the world's leading supplier of marine boilers, has been awarded a contract for two coal-fired marine steam gen- erators. The first such units to be ordered for a United States ocean- going vessel in nearly fifty years.
The boilers will power a 665-foot vessel with each supply- ing 48,000 pounds of superheated steam per hour at a temperature of 900F and operating at a pres- sure of 870 psi. Only proven state-of-the-art technology is used and the fuel is readily avail- able coal.
The boilers and the totally enclosed coal and ash handling systems are custom engineered to meet specific operating require- ments. And with these fully auto- mated units there's no need for additional manpower. What's more, these coal-fired units feature the same conservative Foster
Wheeler design and exacting con- struction that have delivered top performance and high reliability for decades.
Of course, we're not new- comers to marine coal power.
Our last coal-fired boilers which were launched on the Great Lakes in the 1950s are still in operation today. And now, once again we're offering significant coal-based fuel savings at sea.
After all, when you can save a million here, a million there, it all adds up.
Foster Wheeler Boiler Corporation,
Livingston, New Jersey 07039.
FOSTER © WHEELER
Full steam ahead