It has been many years since the triple-screw arrangement for large passenger liners was last accepted as a means of providing the required propulsive power, and in the past two decades very few vessels have been built with more than twin-propellers. The fast growing demand for still faster and larger full-containerships has finally brought the completion of a triple-screw full-containership. She is the 51,623 g/t "Elbe Maru" of Mitsui OSK Lines designed and built for Japan/Europe service route. The completion of the "Elbe Maru" has attracted much attention not only because she represents the world's first such vessel to be driven by the triple-screw propulsion system, but because how well the "Elbe Maru" will perform will determine whether or not the diesel engine can ever vie successfully with the marine turbine engine in propelling such a large, high-speed containership. The propulsion system consists of 3-diesel engine 3-propeller shaft capable of generating a combined total output of 84,600 bhp, sufficient power to give her a service speed of 26.52 knots under full load conditions. During her extensive trial runs the "Elbe Maru" marked a speed of 31.0 knots with full power at final MCR tests with a registered output of 76,450 bhp. Revolutions for her port engine was 125.0, and the starboard engine, 125.5. Revolutions for the center engine was 123.7.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tokyo News Service Limited

    10 Ginza Nishi, 8-chome, Chuo-ku
    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Publication Date: 1972-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 24-26
  • Serial:
    • Zosen
    • Publisher: Tokyo News Service Limited

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00035934
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Journal of the Israel Shipping Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 20 1972 12:00AM