Sulzer RTA Engines Will Power Two Containerships Building In Germany

Two new classes of handy-sized containerships under construction in the Federal Republic of Germany will be propelled by Sulzer's newest series RTA slow-speed diesel engines.

The two orders, both from German owners, indicate the great interest aroused in Germany by the RTA series, which offers outstanding fuel economy without compromising reliability.

The second vessel of Flender Werft's new 1,042-TEU design is to be powered by a Sulzer 6RTA58 engine with a maximum continuous rating of 10,500 bhp at 110 rpm. The 17,000- dwt vessel will have an overall length of 460 feet and a beam of 82 feet.

An RTA engine has also been ordered for the first of the RW49 containership designs from Rickmers Werft in Bremerhaven. With an overall length of 440 feet and beam of 73 feet, this 918-TEU vessel will be powered by a seven-cylinder Sulzer 7RTA48 diesel with an output of 8,970 bhp at 140 rpm, giving a service speed of 18 knots. Shipboard electrical requirements at sea will be met by a main engine- driven generator coupled to the integral PTO gear available on RTA engines. The ship's controllable-pitch propeller will be supplied by Escher Wyss, a member of the Sulzer Group.

Coincidentally, both Rickmers and Sulzer are celebrating their 150th anniversaries this year.

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