Page 51: of Maritime Reporter Magazine (January 2014)
Ship Repair & Conversion Edition
GE Powers India’s First
Four GE LM2500 gas turbines will power the Indian Navy’s INS Vikrant, providing 80MW for the country’s fi rst indigenous aircraft carrier. Similar to the INS Vikrant itself, the ship’s propul- sion plant were manufactured in India by
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) In- dustrial & Marine Gas Turbine (IMGT)
Division. Through its license with GE,
HAL assembled, inspected and tested the
LM2500 gas turbines and module enclo- sures for INS Vikrant. The IMGT Divi- sion’s Bangalore facility provides com- prehensive support including inspection, spare parts, maintenance, equipment overhauls and assembly for industrial and marine gas turbines under license.
GE LM2500 gas turbine modules as- sembled and tested by HAL also power the Indian Navy’s INS Satpura, INS Sa- hyadri and INS Shivalik stealth frigates.
The LM2500 gas turbines were installed prior to the ship’s launch on August 12, 2013. The aircraft carrier will be deliv- ered in late 2016/early 2017.
Upgraded MaK Engine
Gets Power Boost
Caterpillar Marine announced the de- velopment of new features and increased power ratings for the MaK M 25 C pro- pulsion engine, its ubiquitous commer- cial marine engine platform with more than 1,000 installations in marine appli- cations and vessels to its credit. Accord- ing to the manufacturer, updates include reduced part load fuel consumption, improved engine load response capabili- ties and a fi ve percentage higher rating over the existing platform, increasing the power output to 350 kW per cylinder.
First engines of the enhanced M 25 C engine platform will be available by the end of 2014. According to Detlef Kirste,
Caterpillar Marine MaK product defi ni- tion manager,. “We wanted to give our customers increased operational fl ex- ibility which do support state of the art propulsion technologies and the new M 25 C is designed for both traditional me- chanical-and electric propulsion systems as well as electric propulsion systems, which do require variable engine speed capabilities.” Manufactured in Kiel,
Germany, the M 25 C will be offered in 6, 8 and 9 cylinder confi gurations. The platform will meet IMO II emissions regulations in its standard confi guration and is designed to support the operation of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems in order to comply with IMO III emission regulations.
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