Westinghouse Pursues Diesel Propulsion Markets In U.S.

The Westinghouse Marine Division, Sunnyvale, Calif., and New Sulzer Diesel Ltd., the latter a leading designer of diesel engines, have r e a c h e d an agreement for Westinghouse to market and manufacture slow- and medium-speed diesel marine propulsion in the United States.

Westinghouse intends to build diesel engines for the U.S. Navy's Strategic Sealift program, as well as diesel systems for U.S. commercial ships, Westinghouse officials announced.

The Westinghouse/Sulzer slowspeed diesels will be two-stroke, direct- drive systems generating up to 62,400 horsepower at 54-100 rpm.

Approximately 75 percent of the world's shipping fleet is powered by slow-speed diesel propulsion systems.

The medium-speed diesels will be four-stroke, each generating up to 18,000 horsepower at 510 rpm.

These engines are the world's most widely used for propulsion of rollon/ roll-off (RO/RO) vessels, ferries and cruise ships. Their ideal dimensions allow propulsion alternatives for compact, high-horsepower applications.

These systems offer high reliability, long intervals between overhauls and low fuel oil consumption—which translates into low operating costs.

This agreement between Westinghouse and New Sulzer Diesel will provide a high-quality source for American-made slow- and medium- speed diesel propulsion systems.

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