Niigata is the main competitor of Wärtsilä on medium speed marine engines for commercial applications. Deutz Italy is a strong partner of the Japanese player in Europe. Let’s take a look at two case studies, off Karachi and Venice.

Niigata 8L28AHX-DF

Niigata for OSVs in the Arabian Sea

The Power B.U. of Deutz Italy provides aftersales services to many shipowners, working on various engine brands, from old Deutz KHD to MWM, GE Transportation and Niigata”, says Gennaro Vinetto, head of Niigata engines at Deutz Italy. “Our Japanese partner allows us to operate independently, providing excellent technical support. At the moment we’re supporting about twenty tugs and OSV (Off-shore Supply Vessel) equipped with main engines and Niigata azimutal thrusters.

I would like to mention in particular the Dutch shipowner Vroon, which owns a fleet of about 150 ships (mainly OSV, but also bulk carriers, tankers and container carriers) and employs 3000 people on board and on land. The operations of the Vroon ships located in the Mediterranean – about twenty – are managed by a branch in Genoa. Among these, four OSV are equipped with main engines delivering 2,400 kWm each at 750 rpm and Niigata azimutal thrusters. The units are mechanically operated, but equipped with sensors to prevent failures“.

Deutz Italy has two supply projects ongoing for Niigata engines, one ended at the beginning of the year, the other still ongoing. The first project belongs to Augustea Transhipment and is the transformation of a 229-meter bulk carrier, the River King Master (registered in 2010), into a transhipper for the Sea-To-Sea Coal Transshipment.

Niigata Training Center

What requirements made Niigata’s offer prevail?

“Essentially the profile of the groups aligns with three macro-requirements: the engines must be medium speed, powered by both marine diesel oil and heavy fuel oil (Hfo), and provide a convincing value for money”.

As soon as its ‘metamorphosis’ ended, the ship went to the operational area, opposite the coast of Pakistan: the shallow seabed off Karachi does not allow materials handling through the docks. Deutz Italy provided three 2,000 kW each gensets, equipped with 2,100 kWm @720rpm Niigata medium speed units (the electric power of the engines is 2 MW), assembled at the Ohta plant in Japan. The 6L28Ahx (BxS 280 x 390 mm), delivering 2,100 mechanical kW @720 rpm, is the low entry of the AHX range, which also comes in 8 and 9 cylinders, still in line, and 12, 16 and 18-cylinder V architecture, which goes up to 6,570 kWm.

Do you need more details to satisfy your curiosity about the boats working in the Adriatic sea? So, let’s read the PDF.


Cummins at Agritechnica: go with hydrogen!

In Hannover Cummins confirmed its commitment to the Destination Zero strategy, especially in the part dedicated to hydrogen, which is now a protagonist not only in agnostic engines, but also in production and supply phases. For agricultural OEMs, the direction is increasingly towards the “tailor-mad...

Related articles

SAIM Marine introduces mini controller by Zipwake

The brand-new mini controller was designed for simpler and safer cruising. The mini controller is designed by the Swedish Zipwake and distributed in Italy by SAIM Marine, the Unit Business of SAIM Group for marine industry.

Volvo Penta and the simple transition to HVO100

Volvo Penta continues to explore the future of boating at pace and sustainability remains a key driver. HVO100 is an inherently more sustainable fuel option that is already powering Volvo Penta engines. It’s a simple and highly effective alternative fuel that is readily available and already making ...

Deutz opens first HVO filling station at its factory site in Cologne 

Deutz has opened a filling station for the latest generation of biofuels (HVO) at its factory site in Cologne-Porz. All diesel-powered vehicles of Deutz can now be refueled at the site with HVO. Deutz will initially purchase the fuel, which is guaranteed palm-oil free from Finnish company Neste.

Wärtsilä introduces Ammonia Fuel Supply System for ships

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions introduces a groundbreaking Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia fuel. The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carryi...